A Mother’s Day to remember!
Photographer Idie Atencio on the other side of the lens. Do something different this year! Give mom a family photoshoot (what mom isn’t crazy about family photos?), private-chef dinner, interior design consultation, or other unique experience. Here are…
A mom to many: client Jodi Morris
Jodi’s daughter’s wedding. In attendance: Jodi’s foster daughter and two foster sons from Myanmar with their families, foreign exchange student from Germany, and two foster daughters and their families. All six of the children call Jodi “grandma.” Mother’s Day is this month, so we were excited to speak to a remarkable mom, client Jodi Morris.…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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!
“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!”
“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!”
“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.”
“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!”
“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!”
“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!”
“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!”
“I don’t think I need to explain, LOL! But you may want supervision when getting these.”
“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.”
“These are awesome over ice with fresh-squeezed lime! They’re available all over the Salt Lake Valley and Park City.”
“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!”
12. BabyganicsJessie 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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.