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Coral’s the color of the year

                    The Pantone Color of the Year 2019 is Living Coral, an energizing shade of orange that’s also soft and friendly. Coral has the joyful impact of orange, but it’s more versatile. Add a pillow or throw, and boom! Instant pop of energy. Or go bigger…

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Love therapy with client Kaati Tarr!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we consulted Kaati Tarr, LCSW, for advice on how to nurture true love. Kaati counsels teens and adults. Turns out the platitudes are true: relationships start with yourself. Kaati says, “Ask yourself, What do I believe about myself? Many people I see struggle to connect with people because they don’t feel…

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Stay warm and green this winter

          Many of the ways we combat winter (staying warm, clearing our driveways, etc.) can be bad for the environment. Here are a few ways to stay warm and minimize impact. Choose safer antifreeze and recycle used antifreeze Use sand instead of rock salt Start fires with dry kindling vs chemical…

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Football-shaped food for Super Bowl!

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here! You’re not a real fan unless you’re eating festive, shaped foods! Here are great ideas for your favorite deviled egg, meatloaf, and peanut-butter-chocolate-cookie recipes. Just add laces with cheese, chives, and frosting! Find more ideas here.

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Our Favorite Things, Oprah-style!

We love Oprah. We think her name is perfect for an airport. But who has time to look through a hundred Favorite Things? So, as a team, we decided to make our own list. Then clients, friends, and family shared their favorites, too, and the list was way more manageable at 20 things—and too good…

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December decor

Whether you like high shine or an antique finish, brass warms up a cool room in an instant. Don’t be afraid to mix metals in your décor. You’ll love the balance it brings to aspace, even  in small accent pieces. These brass side tables are not only adorable but double as stools for big gatherings.…

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Give yourself a hygge!

Hygge is Danish for cozy comfort, and if you haven’t begun already, December is definitely the time to start. Grab fuzzy socks, soft blankets, and hot soup. Try hygge at home! Light pumpkin, pine, or apple scented candles: what’s more cozy than a hot flame and the smell of winter goodies? Opt for soy vs.…

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November real estate roundup!

We hit the town to show you the coolest places in Salt Lake in our Feature Fridays. Here’s one of our favorites from last month. The Train Shoppe is a hobby shop with a hidden treasure in the back, a bustling old city called Salty Gulch. It’s a real treat for kids and adults alike.…

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Warm up on red rocks

As winter approaches, there’s still time to warm up in Southern Utah. The average November temp in St. George is 63, perfect for golfing, biking, and warming up in the glow of red rocks. You can road or mountain bike, climb, or take a drive through beautiful Snow Canyon. There’s also the town’s colorful desert…

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Grateful for our client Frederick “Paco” Salazar!

In November, we launched Paras News, with a spotlight on veterans. This week we want to give thanks to our client Paco Salazar for letting usfeature him and tell his story of courage, accomplishment, and humility. Paco was a combat Vietnam vet, a helicopter door gunner in the squadron who became the HA(L)-3 Seawolves. In…

Our Favorite Things, Oprah-style!

By Tara Paras | December 15, 2018

We love Oprah. We think her name is perfect for an airport. But who has time to look through a hundred Favorite Things? So, as a team, we decided to make our own list. Then clients, friends, and family shared their favorites, too, and the list was way more manageable at 20 things—and too good not to share!

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1. Rebecca Minkoff Always On M.A.B. Backpack

Tara Paras, Principal Broker & CEO
“I love my purse/backpack combo that saves me from having to carry both a purse and laptop bag. It’s superlight, easy to carry, and stylish, too! It fits everything I need for meetings, and it doesn’t pull on my back, since it’s a backpack! Super find when I was at a conference in Vegas. Love it!”

 

2. Shacke Pak Packing Cubes

Audrey Reynolds, Realtor
“Packing cubes have saved me so many times while traveling.
I know exactly where everything is in my luggage at all times, and they make packing/unpacking a breeze. I love them!” luggage

 

3. Shun Classic 10-inch Chef’s Knife

Aaron Sauvage
“I’m all about that Shun 10-inch chef’s knife! Shun’s are a great all-around kitchen knife. A Shun is very sharp, very well-made, and has a very nice edge! It also makes me feel fancy when I’m cooking in the kitchen.” knife

 

4. Catstudio Ski Utah Pillow

Cindi Opkycke, Realtor
“I love anything by catstudio! We’ve collected a few pieces from places we’ve lived and traveled, but my favorite is my Utah pillow! The mini pillows would look so cute on a Christmas tree, the dish towels would be lovely in a frame, and drinks always taste better in the pint glasses!” Cat_studio

 

5. PMD Personal Microdermabrasion

Justine Boone, Realtor
“There’s something about being able to sand my face that makes my day better! This is one thing that a salesperson insisted I buy that I actually love. I can give myself a quick facial without leaving home. It’s essential in a dry climate!” microderfm tan_towel

 

6. TanTowel Self-Tanning Kit

Polly Popola
“To date, the best self-tanning product I have found. Very natural, good-looking color, and towels make it easy to apply. I’ve never had a streak!”

 

7. Organys Lash & Brow Booster Serum

Polly Popola
“Within a week of using this nightly on my brows and lashes, I for sure 100% saw growth. It really works! At least it did for me!” serum peanut_butter_cups

 

8. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Sue Sorenson
“I don’t think I need to explain, LOL! But you may want supervision when getting these.” bruschetta_sauce

 

9. Trader Joe’s Bruschetta Sauce

Sue Sorenson
“Delicious with everything, NO LIE! Low carb, low fat, low sodium. Add in heavy cream or ricotta for a quick pasta sauce. I have a tub in my fridge at all times.”

 

10. The Copper Can Moscow Mule

Rick Wroblewski
“These are awesome over ice with fresh-squeezed lime! They’re available all over the Salt Lake Valley and Park City.” map the_copper_can

 

11. Norwex EnviroCloth

Whitney Stephens, Realtor
“Norwex products have been a gamechanger for me and my family. Chemical-free, fast, spotless (seriously, the cloths with just water clean better than commercial cleaning products), and letting the kids pitch in without worrying about damaging surfaces or chemical ingestion are just some of the reasons we love cleaning with Norwex at our house!” norwex babyganics

 

12. Babyganics

Jessie Anderson, Realtor
“This is my favorite brand for baby stuff, especially wipes and sunscreen. The wipes don’t smell like anything, which I like, and they’re really, really soft. Their spray sunscreen is the best! So easy to put on. It’s recommended by pediatricians because it’s mineral-based and doesn’t smell like anything.” magicolor

 

13. Melissa & Doug on the Go Magicolor Coloring Pad

Jessie Anderson, Realtor
“These are awesome for little kids! It keeps them from marking up your stuff—the ink only shows on their paper! My daughter even left the caps off all night and they didn’t dry up!”

 

 

14. XJD Baby Balance Bike

Jessie Anderson, Realtor
“Cutest little first bike for baby! My baby would sit on this and push even before she could walk. It’s lightweight and so easy to put together.” xjd_baby-Bike camelbak

 

15. CamelBak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless Water Bottle, 40 oz.

Kierstin Pierce, Marketing
“I don’t know about you, but I need to have water with me at all times and not just any water … COLD water. This water bottle has been the best investment ever! It’s insulated, so it prevents ice from melting too fast, for super-refreshing, ice-cold water (or drink of choice) all day long. Living in a dry climate, you can never have too much hydration!”

 

16. TheraPAQ Large Reusable Gel Ice Wrap

Dawn Cardinale, Marketing
“After a knee injury, my PT used something like this at his office. I got this one, though I’m guessing there are better ones out there. I think it’s great, because you don’t have to lie still on a couch with ice packs, or use a bandage to wrap packs around your leg. This is easy: you can walk around with it on, and you don’t have to deal with wet, leaky ice packs. I ice every bump and bruise. It feels awesome.” therapaq saucony_kinvara

 

17. Saucony Kinvara Running Shoe

Walker Willey, Realtor
“I’ve had 5 or 6 pair of these. Superlight, low drop, natural feel, wide toe-box, fast, and super, comfortable underfoot. They’re good for both fast training runs and long runs. I am a fan.” lululemon

 

18. Lululemon Namastay Mat

Jessie Anderson, Realtor
“My favorite yoga mat! Very thick and sticky so your hands and feet stay in place. Even in the sweatiest of classes, you don’t need a towel. Seems to last forever and hasn’t worn out after 100s of classes.”

 

19. TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp

Dawn Cardinale, Marketing
“Shopping for a piano light, I only found very expensive classic-style lamps you see in libraries, all glass shades and brass bases. Finally found this gem for $40. It’s not very stable for a piano, since pianos vibrate, but I love it for its flexibility, tone and brightness levels, and other features. Plus it’s low-profile to fit anywhere.” taotronics

 

20. Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

 

 

Bam Faboyede
“My Amazon Echo and Dot would be my favorites. Connects all the music in any room. I can control the sound and get my schedule in the morning, hear the news and weather while I’m in the shower, etc. I use them every day.”

December decor

By Paras RE | December 12, 2018

Whether you like high shine or an antique finish, brass warms up a cool room in an instant. Don’t be afraid to mix metals in your décor. You’ll love the balance it brings to aspace, even 

in small accent pieces.

These brass side tables are not only adorable but double as stools for big gatherings. This is one of our favorites. The table top is the perfect size for a seat, and it’s light enough to move around.

Try a trendy color
Navy blue is a hot hue! Imagine a velvet couch and woolly blanket on cold nights. Or a navy accent wall (complemented with brass fixtures!). Navy is easy to add to décor, because it’s classic and versatile. A deep blue lampshade is perfect for dark nights and would be a fun DIY project. Blue may be a cool color, but it’ll warm your soul!

Give yourself a hygge!

By Tara Paras | December 6, 2018

Hygge is Danish for cozy comfort, and if you haven’t begun already, December is definitely the time to start. Grab fuzzy socks, soft blankets, and hot soup. Try hygge at home!

Light pumpkin, pine, or apple scented candles: what’s more cozy than a hot flame and the smell of winter goodies? Opt for soy vs. paraffin, which is harmful to your lungs and the environment. (FYI, the scent of pumpkin is an aphrodisiac!)

Glogg! Put a pot of red wine on the stove, and add orange peels, raisins, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, and ginger. Your fragrant drink will warm you up on a wintry day, and will make the whole house smell glorious.

November real estate roundup!

By Tara Paras | November 29, 2018

We hit the town to show you the coolest places in Salt Lake in our Feature Fridays. Here’s one of our favorites from last month.

The Train Shoppe is a hobby shop with a hidden treasure in the back, a bustling old city called Salty Gulch. It’s a real treat for kids and adults alike. With train rides, a carousel, and games, make your next party one to remember at the Train Shoppe!

 

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Market tip: How to sell in the fall

Selling your house? Use the season to make it extra enticing, e.g., do a fall cleanup and add curbside decor.

 

Warm up on red rocks

By Tara Paras | November 28, 2018

As winter approaches, there’s still time to warm up in Southern Utah. The average November temp in St. George is 63, perfect for golfing, biking, and warming up in the glow of red rocks.

You can road or mountain bike, climb, or take a drive through beautiful Snow Canyon. There’s also the town’s colorful desert garden, including dinosaur tracks dating back 200 million years! Admission is free.

Nearby St. George is Zion National Park. If you haven’t been there, it’s definitely worth the detour. The views will blow your mind. You can hike, have a picnic at sunset, then watch the stars come out. It gets cold in the canyon as the sun drops and you gain elevation, so bundle up.

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Grateful for our client Frederick “Paco” Salazar!

By Tara Paras | November 20, 2018

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Frederick “Paco” Salazar

In November, we launched Paras News, with a spotlight on veterans. This week we want to give thanks to our client Paco Salazar for letting usfeature him and tell his story of courage, accomplishment, and humility.

Seawolves – HA (L)

Paco was a combat Vietnam vet, a helicopter door gunner in the squadron who became the HA(L)-3 Seawolves. In 1968, Paco was wounded when his chopper went down. He and others injured in the crash were presented with the Purple Heart, whose recipients include JFK, John McCain, and John Kerry, among many others in combat. But Paco humbly declined the distinguished award, saying the KIA (or Killed In Action) were “the guys who deserve the Purple Heart.”

Back in the States, Paco went to college on the GI Bill and got his master’s degree in social work. He became the principal at an alternative high school in the Granite District and eventually a college dean at Salt Lake Community College, where he stayed 25 years. Now retired, Paco spends his time uncovering antique treasures as a “picker” and as best buddy to his 7-year-old grandson.