Found My Soul || Free Printable

Found My Soul || Monthly Free Printable || A Dash of Salter || Motherhood. In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul. Lisa T. Shepherd. Print Freebie
"In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul."

Matthew left for a business trip last Monday until Wednesday night. While he was gone, all I could think about was how hard it was to do this mom thing every day without his comfort and support. I was constantly focusing on how I was losing my mind, and forgetting that my children were helping me find my soul. It made me realize how much I depend on that connection. He can come home from work to do absolutely nothing, but I feel an instant sense of relief and security in knowing I'm not in this parenting journey alone. 

Two days later, I took off for a girls trip in Park City. I couldn't wait to spend some time in a beautiful place with beautiful people. As we talked all the live long day, we shared details of our relationships with our husbands and children. We left them to get a break, but it was the majority of our conversation. It's too hard not to talk about motherhood when it's what fills your whole life. We talked about struggles and adversity in our roles as mothers. And about the importance of having the support of community and sisterhood with other strong women. 

We should always be there for one another. We should reach out to one another when we feel like we're losing our minds. That relationship of empathy, love and compassion will help us continue doing that most important work. To raise our children to be the good in this world. Isn't that our greatest goal as mother's? To see our children succeed and change this world for the better? That is my goal. And I know that I am not alone in reaching it.

So many angels in the form of a person have lifted me up when I feel I'm failing in the role of motherhood. It's through those angels that I know my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ, know me personally and love me unconditionally. God sent me these children because He trusted me to nurture, love and teach them. As I've prayed in moments of defeat and desperation, the spirit witnesses to me that He knows I am doing my best. That my best is enough.

And so is yours. 

I'm grateful for that knowledge, and for all of the angels around me that make this journey a little bit easier. I hope you enjoy this free printable and have a great day! 

xo, Cheree

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Spinach Tomato Basil Quiche Recipe

Spinach Tomato Basil Quiche Recipe || Salter Eats || A Dash of Salter || Rich Flaky Pastry Recipe bonus

I recently discovered the magic that is quiche. It all started when I searched Pinterest for recipes involving eggs and spinach. I followed a pin to a quiche recipe assuming it was going to be way too much work to whip up. Especially since I only had an hour before my husband got home from work. #procrastinationqueen  

But when I read through the instructions I couldn't believe how simple it was! I set me mind to it, and dinner was ready in no time! I didn't have all of the ingredients the recipe I found called for, so I decided to make up my very own. Risky business for a recipe you've never made before, but man, was it worth it! 

PLUS, I used my mom's infamous rich and flaky pie crust recipe so I'm sharing that with you as well. You're welcome. 

I was so nervous when we sat down to eat. Matthew took one bite and I knew that he absolutely loved it! Turner wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole, but I didn't even care because that meant even more for me. Seriously though. Quiche makes me want to eat everything in pie form. I think pot pies might be in my future. 

Anyway, scroll below for the recipe and let me know what you like in your quiche!

xo, Cheree

Ghost Bed Mattress Review

As you may already know, Matthew and I upgraded to a king size mattress after 5 years on a hand-me-down full size mattress. (For which we've been extremely grateful.) But I don't think we realized how much that old mattress effected our sleep. We've been doing a lot of research on mattresses for the last year or so. We considered tuft and needle, casper, purple, and every up and coming mattress company you can think of. That's how we stumbled upon GhostBed

It was really important to us that our mattress was soft, but supportive. We also needed a mattress that kept us feeling cool all night long, something our memory foam topped mattress wasn't doing for us. The GhostBed had great reviews in both of those aspects, with the most affordable price. They have a 101-night sleep trial so that you can test your mattress, and after 30 days if you don't end up loving it you can return it for a 100% refund. PLUS every mattress comes with a 20 year warranty as long as you have proof of purchase.  It was worth giving it a try, because if all else failed we knew we could return it and get our money back.

After the 30 days, I can happily say it's the best sleep I have ever had. And I owe it all to GhostBed. Maybe the fact that my baby is sleeping through the night deserves some credit too. I cannot believe how much more refreshed my body feels each morning and my bed has become one of my favorite spots in my house.  You know you love it, if you never want to leave it. Thanks, GhostBed! This wife and her hubby are satisfied sleepers.

And if you're in the market for a new mattress, MAN do I have good news for you! Use this link today to shop for your very own GhostBed and get $50 friend discount when you proceed to checkout! You're welcome ;) and happy sleeping!

xo, Cheree

Life Lately || August

Life Lately || August || A Dash of Salter ||

1. STYLING: 

This braided headband style that I did a tutorial on in my last post. To watch the video scroll to the post below or click here. Try it out and let me know what you think!

2. WEARING: 

PJ's and workout clothes until 2 p.m. over here. Haha! I've been trying to workout during nap time so I can avoid interruptions and increase my personal zen. You mama's know what I mean.  Unfortunately that means putting off showering until that time as well. I'm probably being judged, but I couldn't care less because I'm so proud of myself for sticking with my new routine! 

3. EATING: 

Tacos, enchiladas, ya know. All the Mexican food. Because it's the way to Matthew's heart. Now if only I could get Turner to eat it, life would be perfect. 

4. WATCHING: 

Pysch. It's become my go to relax-and-laugh-while-the-kids-are-napping show. It's cheesy, goofy and quirky which has me laughing out loud more than I'd probably like to admit. 

5. LOVING: 

Our new king size bed. Seriously, I've never slept this good in my life. A review of our amazing mattress coming to the blog in the future! 

6. WANTING: 

All of the fall fashion and things. Like this amazing dress from Roolee Boutique! Sweaters, boots, pumpkin flavored everything and that crisp fall weather. It's my JAM. 


And just like that, the summer comes to an end. It's been one to remember! Before I sign off, I wanted to let you guys know that Roolee extended their end of summer clearance sale and it's all going like hot cakes! Go snag yourself some discounted goodies by clicking here and you can thank me later. 

xo, Cheree

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Braided Headband Video Tutorial

Braided Headband Video Tutorial

Boy, oh boy, has this month been crazy! I've been working on something new and super exciting that I can't wait to tell you more about!!

ANYWAYYYY...For those of you who follow me on Instagram, I've been working on this video for you for what seems like an eternity. I felt rushed during the actual filming of this video because I was doing it while both the boys were napping, a very small window, but somehow I managed to pull it off! Just so you know, my hair tends to look better than this when I don't feel like I'm under a time crunch, but at least this will show you how to achieve this look yourself. Try it out and let me know what you think! I hope you love it!

Thanks for watching, loves!

xo, Cheree

Light & Truth || Free Printables

GLORIOUS 8x10  ||  SPIRITUAL LIGHT 8x10 || 

The bishop of our ward issued a three week study challenge to all of the ward members.  It's purpose is to increase our personal conversion and testimony. We have been taking it slow, but it's been such a blessing to us. One of the resources we were asked to study was a talk given by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf called, Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth from the October 2014 LDS General Conference

He tells us how we can receive truth and light in our lives, in addition to how we can lose it. I want to share an excerpt that I found especially profound and made me reflect on my own quest for truth and light.

"The more we incline our hearts and minds toward God, the more heavenly light distills upon our souls. And each time we willingly and earnestly seek that light, we indicate to God our readiness to receive more light. Gradually, things that before seemed hazy, dark, and remote become clear, bright, and familiar to us.
By the same token, if we remove ourselves from the light of the gospel, our own light begins to dim—not in a day or a week but gradually over time—until we look back and can’t quite understand why we had ever believed the gospel was true. Our previous knowledge might even seem foolish to us because what once was so clear has again become blurred, hazy, and distant."

I found such insight in his words. I made these prints to be a reminder to me. I hope I can continue to seek out truth and light. I'm so grateful for the light of the gospel and the happiness it brings to my life. I hope you enjoy these prints and that they will help you to remember how one step into the light will always leads to more light. 

xo, Cheree

Life Lately || July

Life Lately || July || ADOS || Cheree Salter, styling, wearing, eating, watching, loving, wanting

1. STYLING:

Twisty updos to get my hair off of my neck and out of my face. Herriman is a pretty windy place, so I find myself pulling these long locks of mine up and out of the way 90% of the time. It's fun to finally be able to play around with styles like this on my own head of hair. 

2. WEARING:

Smiles and sunscreen! I've been making an effort to get outside more and it's doing Turner and I a lot of good. Also, loose shirts and skirts to keep cool in the summer heat.

3. EATING:

Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps. YUM! If you're like me and can't live without those carbs, try it over steamed rice. Equally delicious. 

4. WATCHING:

Lark Rise to Candleford is a BBC series on Hulu. Matthew and I are OBSESSED with BBC's. We just finished the first season. It's clean and we love it so far!

5. LOVING:

Making our house a home. I'm trying to be very conscious of what brings me joy and simplifying the clutter. Less is definitely more in the decor department for me these days. 

6. WANTING:

To stop time with this sweet baby boy! He is growing so fast, I can't believe it! He's 3 months old now, and 16 lbs. He's super chunky and that's just how we like 'em around here! I don't want to miss a thing, so I am taking our days one at a time and trying to cherish each snuggly baby moment. 


I know I've been MIA on the blog lately because of all of the things that come with a move, but I hope you all have had as lovely of a July as I have! It's been bittersweet and I'm learning a lot about myself through all of the change. 

xo
Cheree

4th of July || Free Printables

I know this is after the fact, but I made these printables before life got new house crazy. I love this country so much and I thought I'd share them with you anyway. I'm only like a week late, right? You could still enjoy a whole month with these in your home, maybe even some year round patriotism? Ha!

Regardless, I was really touched by this quote I found by Joseph Campbell and want to remember it all year long. I'll be forever indebted to all of the heroes who make this country a free and better place. I'm extremely grateful to live in a place where I am free to speak, vote, work, and practice the religion of my choice. I live a very blessed and happy life because of those freedoms. I hope you all had a wonderful 4th with those that you love. You can find the download links below the images, as usual! 

Hero 8x10 Print        ||       One Nation 8x10 Print

xo
Cheree

Happy Birthday, ADOS!!

Happy 2nd Birthday, ADOS! || Cheree ||

Yesterday was the second blogiversary of A Dash of Salter. On July 5th, 2014 I posted my very first blog post. Ever since that day, this blog has been a great source of therapy for me. I can't believe how many people I have met, friends I have made, kindness I have received and opportunities I have had because of this blog. I'm so grateful that my joy for writing and creating is something I can share with others. Now that we're starting to get settled in our new home, I'm hoping I can start contributing regularly to my blog again.

It's been so sweet to focus solely on my little family during these last couple months. I can't believe how big my boys are getting, and I've really been trying to cherish each moment of the day with them. I feel so much gratification in motherhood, but there are still many parts of me that long for more. It's so important to me that I continue to cultivate and nurture my own talents and interests. I'm so much happier when I fill myself with individualized, uplifting activities. It makes me a better person, wife and mother. Blogging, or life journaling, is definitely one of those activities. 

Thank you to all of the people who have followed along! I share with the hope that others will be uplifted, inspired or touched after spending time here. I truly hope that all of you can find this a place of authenticity, encouragement and happiness.

xo
Cheree

Family First || Monthly Free Printable Kick-Off!

I just want to say THANK YOU! So many of you have loved my free general conference quote printables! Well, they have been so popular that I decided to start giving a freebie out every month! I'm going to make them based on recent experiences or things I would want to post about our life on the blog. The most recent being the importance of putting my family first. The whole reason we decided to move was because of this ideal. Family isn't just an important thing, it's EVERYTHING. And they really are everything to me. I'd do anything to make our lives together a happier one. 

To kick off this new adventure, I designed this darling print using some tropical watercolor florals from Angie Makes. They make me feel like it's a tropical summer oasis inside my home. Who doesn't want that? I also designed a plain black and white print for the more minimalist folks out there. Scroll and click below the images to download them! 

Family Is Everything || Free Printable || 8x10 floral, peach, tropical, print, important, family, love, home, decor
Family Is Everything || Free Printable || 8x10 floral, gray text, tropical, print, important, family, love, home, decor
Family Is Everything || Free Printable || 8x10 floral, black and white, minimalist, quote , print, important, family, love, home, decor

 Family Is Everything - Minimal Black 8x10

There you go! I hope you guys love these new prints! Be sure to subscribe to my email list below if you don't want to miss any freebies!

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Please let me know what you think and I'd love to hear what style prints you would like me to do in the future! Lots of love!

xo
Cheree