About Town: C.G. Sparks

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Another store on our SLC Bucket List was C.G. Sparks. After seeing it from the freeway only about a thousand times, we finally checked it out, and it didn’t disappoint! The store had very cool displays and we went away with an idea or two for the next apartment we move to in the spring, like those exposed light bulbs on the wall (pictured above).

They had a mix of vintage, reworked and modern pieces and I especially liked this cool bed frame, the very random art prints and this awesome little sofa. If you’re in need of an interior facelift I say you better check it out.

Meals I Met and Liked: Holiday Mania

After the Thanksgiving festivities, I kind of don’t want to think about food for awhile. I’ve been focusing on simple, healthy meals like big salads and egg scrambles…anything light and easy to throw together! But no doubt I’ll be craving the good stuff again soon, so if you’re in the same boat, here’s a recap on some amazing tasty eats and treats I’ve made in the past couple weeks.

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1. Apple Cider Donuts (Thanks, Brynne!) These were a huge hit at Brynne’s brunch party awhile back and I made them since then, though they weren’t quite as good as hers ūüė¶
2. Pumpkin Sugar Cookies (Thanks, Kelli!) Ah-mazing. The kind of pumpkin cookie I’ve been seeking out for awhile. Although the classic pumpkin chocolate chip cookie is good, this is a fun twist!
3. White Bean Stew So easy and perfect for a rainy/snowy day! You could definitely do variations on this one. I used garbanzo beans instead of white beans.
4. Autumn Couscous Salad¬†Just sings of fall flavors…even though winter is almost here!

5. Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins.¬†These were Liv’s first taste of a muffin. I just handed it to her and she went at it, eating the whole thing in no time! Baby- and adult-approved.

 

About Town: Bohem

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Since David works 3/12s (3 12-hour shifts per week), on his days off we are kind of like a retired couple, just doing whatever we want whenever we want. And in those blissful days, we’ve been able to check quite a few things off our SLC Bucket List!

Last week we hit up several furniture/design stores we’ve never been to, and Bohem was one of them. I could’ve brought at least half of the store home with me and been happy! They have amazing rugs, quilts and blankets, plus amazing little extras like camera straps, Turkish towels, and more.

I really wanted to come home with this quilt, this baby blanket, this rug, and this tea towel!

Though most of the stuff was a little out of our budget, it’s actually pretty reasonable for how unique and high-quality the items are. (We’re just poor as we try to save money for David’s PA school adventures this upcoming year.) Prices are similar to West Elm but totally unique and often handmade.

Meet a Full-Time Etsy Shop Owner

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I’ve had dreams of starting at least 10 different careers, (fashion stylist, bakery owner, magazine writer, boutique owner, clothing buyer, English teacher, personal shopper, etc. etc. etc) but since I most certainly will never achieve half of those dreams I decided I better start living out my dreams through other people. Hence, I’m starting a series of interviews with people who have awesome jobs.

The series is creatively¬†named, “Hey, Cool Job.” And I’m kicking it off with Anne Bowers, owner of Ladygirl Vintage. I’m pretty excited¬†about it.

Anne and I met through mutual friends when I was living in Provo, Utah in 2009. We both eventually made the move up to Salt Lake City, and after running into her a few months ago and hearing about her Etsy shop¬†I had major job envy. So I thought she’d be the perfect person to interview, and she didn’t disappoint!Meet Anne

After¬†selling refashioned vintage clothing on Etsy and at local pop-up shops for two years, she’s got a pretty cool thing going. Here’s a look into the life of Anne:

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I Tried Blue Apron (and Didn’t Get Paid To Do It). Here’s My Review!

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They say that the more you see an advertisement, the more inclined you are to buy it, try it, or talk about it with other people. And after seeing Blue Apron reviews on about a million blogger’s sites, the power of advertising took me over.

I really thought it was a bad idea at first, but the positive reviews got me curious enough about it that when I saw a 2-Meals-Free promo on Facebook, I went for it. Since everyone who got the meals for free seems to have a glowing review, I thought I’d add my two cents after having no incentive to give a positive review.

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Other Reading

I’m always kind of juggling a random assortment of freelance writing assignments, and I recently added 24 Salt Lake¬†to the list. They’ve got some good ideas for events and places to explore in Salt Lake, so if you’re a local, you might want to check it out!Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 1.17.28 PM

I’ve written several stories but only three have been published so far…they can be found here:

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7 unique movie theaters in Salt Lake

What to expect when taking a Salt Lake City Airport shuttle

Pumpkin Food Roundup

Every girl in the world is absolutely ga-ga for pumpkin-flavored treats, and I am no exception. Any time I see pumpkin something-or-other at the grocery store I have to fight the urge to throw it into my cart immediately. But after the urge has been fought for a moment or two, I turn around and decide to go for it. Life is short, and pumpkin season is even shorter. So here’s a roundup of the best treats I’ve tried!

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First off, I warn you to avoid Trader Joes if you’re trying to resist pumpkin treat mania. I saw some post about all of their pumpkin seasonal treats and there were seriously at least 25…so let’s assume those are all amazing and try to look at some other treats that aren’t specific to Trader Joes! (Although I couldn’t help but add a couple from there).

1. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix. Yes, let’s start out with TJs so we can get it out of the way. I crave pumpkin pancakes pretty much every winter morning, so it’s nice to have it all in one convenient package and not have to do it all myself. Add chocolate chips and you’ve got breakfast delight. (Or dinner…or lunch.)

2. Pumpkin Spice M&M’s. Okay, the jury is kind of still out on these, but they’re unique enough I had to add them to the list. With every bite it’s like…is this really good? Or kinda weird? But then I keep eating them. I actually think the peppermint ones are much better.

3. Talenti Pumpkin Pie Gelato. The heavens sang when I saw this one while unsuccessfully trying to pass by the ice cream aisle without a second glance. It’s important that you try this one.

4. Pumpkin Pie Lara Bar.¬†For those moments when I realize I don’t need a treat, but I do need a treat. Enter: the healthy treat.

5. Stephen’s Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate. Stephen’s is a local specialty, and when it comes to powdered hot chocolate, it can’t be beat. So, of course the pumpkin pie flavor is the best of the best.

6. Ben &¬†Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake. Normally Ben & Jerry’s is not a huge weakness of mine – I’d rather have gelato or frozen yogurt. But pumpkin cheesecake cannot be passed up.

7. Farr’s Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt. As I said, frozen yogurt is my number one frozen treat. Farr’s is some of the most creamy and flavorful around. I can never stay away even though I’m mad at them for always closing early.

8. Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pumpkin Butter. Trader Joe’s has pumpkin butter that we have been plowing through all season, but¬†maple¬†pumpkin butter takes it up a notch. Add it to oatmeal, put it on toast, graham crackers, in smoothies, etc etc etc.

9. Great Harvest Pumpkin Bread. It’s like a delicious, moist bundt cake, really. But it’s bread so you don’t feel quite so bad.