granola bar glory

Hello friends!

Confession: I LOVE oats. You can make so many delicious things with oats. Oatmeal, toasted granola, granola bars, muesli, muffins, scones, cookies…so many possibilities! And they’re super healthy and super filling. Win, win.

For the past YEAR I have been trying out different recipes to find the perfect granola bar. I wanted to find a recipe that was super healthy and that didn’t call for any white sugar. Maybe it’s just in my head…but anything with white sugar makes me want to stay far, far away. Especially if it’s in something for breakfast. I know myself well and that stuff is crazy addicting! My search was, in a word, unsuccessful. I made countless granola bars that never quite turned out the way I wanted. They were either too mushy, too dried out, or too bland. Thank God I have a husband that will eat almost anything.

I have some really good news! I found a recipe that flawlessly produces granola bar glory!

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Here’s how it happened: We were in Lake Arrowhead last week and took a coffee break at the local cafe. I saw a big platter of granola bars on the front counter for sale. These granola bars had everything I was looking for…oats, dried fruit, nuts, coconut. Plus they looked like they had amazing texture – crunchy and chewy all at the same time. So, I did what any baker would do, I inquired of them to give me any of their special secrets. And to my surprise, the secret was quite simple. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before: Barefoot Contessa. A total DUH moment. I immediately searched for her recipe online and there it was. My life is now changed.

These granola bars are sure to satisfy. I did change a couple of things here and there, but Ina has ended my search for the perfect granola bar. Honey is the main sweetener and everything is toasted for that extra kick! You can also substitute things according to any dietary restrictions if you wish and I still think they would turn out amazing. Plus, these bars are so fun to make and so visually applealing you can’t wait until they’re ready to eat!

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You definitely wanna get on this recipe asap. Here is:

  • Makes: 10 large granola bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of oats (old-fashioned)
  • 1 cup of almonds, sliced  or whole (skin on is fine/other preferred nut is fine)
  • 1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup of toasted wheat germ or almond meal
  • 1/4 cup of whole flax seeds
  • 3-4 Tbsp. of butter or coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup or agave
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of dried Turkish apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 8×12 glass baking dish
  • parchment paper

Directions:

  1. If you want your almonds sliced and didn’t buy pre-sliced almonds like me, slicing your almonds by hand is the first and longest step. Put something fun on TV, or listen to my favorite podcast. Chop the Turkish apricots and dates also.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Mix together your oats, coconut and sliced almonds on a rimmed baking sheet and spread out the oat mixture evenly.
  4. Bake the oat mixture for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned and toasty. Make sure you check on the oat mixture and stir it around every few minutes. The smell is absolutely incredible! Reduce heat in oven to 300 degrees F.
  5. Transfer the oat mixture to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the wheat germ or almond meal and the flax seeds. (sunflower seeds might be good in there too!)
  6. Prepare an 8×12 glass baking dish by buttering it and lining it with parchment paper.
  7. Place the butter or coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, vanilla extract and kosher salt into a small saucepan. Heat it over medium until it boils. Remove from burner stirring constantly.
  8. Pour the sweet-glaze-goodness over the oat mixture and stir. Add your dried fruit and stir well to combine.
  9. Pour your granola bar mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread it evenly.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes. It will look golden and delicious! Let your granola bars cool completely before cutting/serving. ENJOY!!!

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Please let me know if you have any questions! Do you have another granola bar recipe you love to use?

xo sarah

gospel monday

Gospel Monday

What is a hero?

A hero is valiant, strong, brave, and courageous. They rescue and protect. They stand out and they are not the norm. They hold to their values and they genuinely care about people.

I believe a hero is someone who goes above and beyond. A hero is someone who does what you aren’t willing to do, or even CAN’T do. Most importantly, a hero is usually someone who does something extraordinary FOR other people, sometimes even putting themselves in harm’s way.

Who is your hero?

There are tons of hero’s in this world. Some imaginary and some real. Some big and some small. Some obvious and some that blend in. You may even be lying down next to a hero as you go to bed tonight. It is such a wonderful gift to have a hero.

This might be controversial, but it is the absolute truth: Ultimately, Jesus is the greatest hero who has ever and will ever live. 

Jesus was fully God and fully man. He lived the perfect life that we are not capable of living. He died the death that we so clearly deserved. He forgives sin and washes us clean. His love crosses all boundaries of time, space and circumstance. Jesus is extraordinary. He is my hero.

This verse is so true to give praise to the greatest hero this world has ever seen: Revelation 5:12 “…Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” Amen.

Enjoy and be satisfied in the grace of God today. It is enough.

xo sarah

our full life: week eight

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Monday-Thursday was pretty uneventful for us, BUT this weekend was so fun! We took our youth group up to Arrowhead Lake for Winter Camp! Some of us went snowboarding and some of us went sledding, but FUN was had by all! It was a white and wintery weekend we won’t soon forget.

 

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The backyard of our cabin was COVERED in fresh snow!

 

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A real-life Charlie Brown Christmas Tree!

 

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Jr. High girls make the best snowmen. Bark eyes and buttons with a coffee stir stick for the nose.

 

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We tried sledding in the backyard! These girls are the cutest.

 

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And it would not be Jr. High camp if there wasn’t non-stop text message checks.

 

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We were loving this holly berry tree. I would have loved to take some home with us.

 

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Selfie. Wearing winter clothes is a nice change of pace.

 

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The snow was SERIOUSLY white. I couldn’t get enough of it! LOVELY.

 

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We must have walked up and down that “secret” hill 30 times. Best sledding day ever!

 

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Towards the end of our day we watched the ducks swim in Lake Arrowhead while we enjoyed treats from The Village Green Cafe.

This weekend was ALOT of work but ALOT of fun. Hopefully all of our students feel closer to Jesus and closer to one another as well.

Did you ever go to a youth winter retreat? What did you do? What were your best memories? I’d love to hear them!

Until next week, friends!

xo sarah

this abundant list

So…it is here. The big two-five. I’m officially a grown up. Sometimes, my freckles make me look like I’m 17, but not anymore! I’m 25, world. Watch out for all the excitement!

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Here is a short list of things I can think of tonight that I would like to see/do/make/eat/read/be this year.

  1. First, take as many pictures as possible. I want to document all our sweet moments like the one above. Squinty eyes and all.
  2. Disney World. I can’t believe it’s happening, but it is.
  3. I want to read Wuthering Heights again. And see the most recently made movie.
  4. I want to walk at least 150 miles this year. Its a small feat…but it’s doable for where my life is at right now.
  5. I think I might dye my hair. Eeek! A vibrant red, perhaps.
  6. S’mores cupcakes and a bloody mary. I will make you in my kitchen.
  7. I would love to diversify my income. A little bit here and a little bit there. Hopefully from the things, and in the areas, that I am most passionate about.
  8. I want to laugh ALOT. I can always count on episodes of New Girl and Parks and Rec to make that happen. And my husband. He is a riot.
  9. Puppy!?! Maybe. Maybe not. Until then, I can just watch CUTE videos.
  10. Chips: kale, sweet potato, beets, bacon, apple. This is happening, year 25.
  11. I would love to see this blog reach many more people for the glory of God. Maybe an e-course is in my future.

That’s the short list. I could probably keep going. I will spare you…and myself.

Until next week, friends, let’s get messy and bold in the kitchen. Let’s have lot’s of coffee dates and movie nights. Let’s make every day count. Let’s pursue every lovely passion. Above all, let’s make much of God in every moment.

xo sarah

lemon tea cake

I have the most wonderful sister-in-law. But let’s be honest…I call her my real sister because she is.

Fact: When I met Bret, I instantly had a crush on him. However, I learned shortly after meeting him that his sister’s name was Sarah. I immediately thought it would be too weird for him to date a girl with the same name as his sister. Thankfully, that turned out to be untrue. On one hand, family events can get a little bit confusing. On the other hand, now I have a funny anecdote!

But back to bragging about my sister.
She is the kind of girl you are totally mesmerized by. So gorgeous and so funny, but also quiet – in a really lovely kind of way. She is also a strong and wonderful mama to the cutest baby girl I know. I absolutely love spending time with her. Talking, laughing, and following Jesus together.

I recently celebrated my birthday (twenty-five!). When Bret and I arrived at our Community Group on Tuesday night (which is hosted by Sarah and her husband Josh), Sarah had made me a beautiful cake! And not just any cake, a LEMON TEA CAKE! It warmed my heart that my wonderful sister knows how much I love both lemon and tea! And somehow, she combined them…and, my goodness, it was delicious!

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Here’s Sarah’s yummy recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of white flour
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil (I used a mild flavored extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/3 cup of milk (whatever milk you prefer)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest and juice of 3 lemons (zest the lemons before juicing them)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • 9 inch circular baking tray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease baking pan with olive oil.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Add olive oil and milk. Mix until combined.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix until combined.
  5. Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan. Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes.
  6. Dust the top with powdered sugar and more lemon zest if you like!
  7. Enjoy! Remember to have a hot mug of tea nearby when consuming all the goodness.

* Suggestion: When I make my sister’s tea cake in the future, I am going to try steeping a bag of earl grey tea in the milk before adding it to the mixture. Yum!

Thank you again, Sarah, for being awesome! Love you, sister!

xo Sarah

our full life: week seven

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Puzzle time. We are going to finish this soon. Right Bret?!IMG_2973

Feast night. Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Pickles and zucchini. Simple.IMG_2977

Valentine’s Night Dessert at VG’s. YUM!!!!VGnight

Some incredible views from the rooftop garden at Cardiff-by-the-Sea Lodge. Absolutely Gorgeous.CBS1

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Bret and I celebrated my 25th birthday with breakfast at Claire’s on Cedros. The Tuscan Eggs Benedict is totally UHH-MAZING. And my Cafe au’lait was suuuuper yummy. Worth every penny.Claires breakfast

We also spent a good portion of the day on Coronado Island. I had no idea the Hotel Del had a full-blown garden! Cauliflower, purple sage, basil, pepper, tomatoes and more!Coronado herb Collage

Coronado Island is so so SO beautiful. Living here would be a dream.Coronado

Of course…I’m drawn to the giftshops for their cookbooks. I want them all.cookbooks

We had lunch at Island Pasta. The first time we came here was the day we got engaged, almost 3 years ago. We sat at the same table.Island pasta

Garlic Cheesy Bread is a MUST! And I HIGHLY recommend the wild mushroom ravioli.cheese bread

We enjoyed Moo Time Creamery ice cream while we walked around the island. Strawberry for Bret and Caramel for me. And, of course, I had to have some of his too.icecream

I really loved this store display. It reminded me of my friend Brittan’s educational Mood Lighting post.store

San Diego in the evening is really pretty. Especially when you can get a drink at Starlite. Needless to say, we slept really well that night after such an incredible day of delicious food and drink!San diego

Last, but certainly not least, I share my birthday with my dad. We spent a wonderful day together talking, laughing, sharing, giving gifts, and watching Die Hard (his choice). I love you so much dad. You have always been a provider, protector, and leader in my life. Thank you for blessing me so richly and for always being the best birthday present a girl could ask for. I’m so glad we always get to share a cake together!birthday

What a FULL week we had. It was wonderful. The perfect way to ring in 25!

xo sarah

i love blogging!

Only blog if you LOVE it.  Only make it if you want to eat it.  Only photograph it if you think it looks pretty, sparkly, or otherwise awesome.  Only write about it if you’re really into it.  Only wear it if you think it’s major.  When it comes to blogging… only do it if you love it. – Joy the Baker

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Confession: I LOVE blogging. It’s my new thing. Not only is it super fun, but it is also a really cool outlet for creativity. A new found and fast developing passion. Jesus, life, food, sun, love, freckles, lists, tea – these are just a few of things I love to write about.

This week was a bit of a whirlwind. In a good way. I made grilled cheese and tomato soup two nights in a row…there was no need to write out a recipe on here because it was Campbell’s and sourdough with cheddar. Dill pickles on the side. Simple. As I thought about what to write about today, I was at a loss for words. Life was neither too boring nor too overwhelming. There just wasn’t much to say. Except that…I really love blogging!

I read a couple of posts from one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Joy the Baker. She is always super inspiring and encouraging for me in my pursuit of this whole blogging thing. Even if you are not a blogger, you will get a kick out of her witty point of view. Here is Part I and Part II on 10-Real Talk Blog Tips.

Another confession: I am still figuring out editing (words and photos). I am still developing my personal style. I am still trying to make time. I am still making it a priority to learn from and be taught by those further along in this whole sphere. So, bear with me. And while I am still figuring all of this stuff out, I am going to enjoy the heck out of it!

My biggest inspiration will always be my God. He has given me absolute freedom and grace and says, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17. He also says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31. So let’s eat, drink and be merry – and I’ll blog about it – ALL to the glory of God!

Happy Valentines Day!!! ❤

xo sarah

gospel monday

Gospel Monday

What is the Gospel? This is a question I repeatedly have to ask myself. The Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ! But to better understand what the Gospel IS we need to define what it ISN’T. Last week my church as well as my husband and I discussed the following:

  • The gospel is not therapy or self-help.
  • The gospel is not a system of morality.
  • The gospel is not political or social deliverance or restructuring.
  • The gospel is not about your personal fulfillment, giving you a reason to live or a purpose.
  • The gospel is not even actually about heaven or hell.

Wow! When I really take the time to think about what the Gospel isn’t, I can better understand it for what it is. Yet, because God is so good, the Gospel can bring us purpose and fulfillment and the hope of eternity in our daily lives. Ultimately, however, the Gospel is not about us. It is entirely about GOD! His glory, His power, His wonder, His will, His amazing grace. And this is a good thing! Below are a couple of quotes I really appreciate about the Gospel:

“The goal of the gospel in not our personal transformation, moral renewal or therapeutic healing. That may be the effect of the gospel, but it is not the goal…our salvation comes from believing the gospel, it is a result or effect of the gospel, but it is not the gospel itself.” Mike Gunn

“The Christian gospel is not merely that Jesus died and rose again; and not merely that these events appease God’s wrath, forgive sin, and justify sinners; and not merely that this redemption gets us out of hell and into heaven; but that they bring us to the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ as our supreme, all-satisfying, and everlasting treasure. “Christ . . . suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” John Piper

“When Paul speaks of “the gospel of the glory of Christ,” he means that the events of the gospel are designed by God to reveal the glory of Christ. This is not incidental to the gospel-it’s essential. The gospel would not be good news if it did not reveal the glory of Christ for us to see and savor. It is the glory of Christ that finally satisfies our soul. We are made for Christ and Christ died so that every obstacle would be removed that keeps us from seeing and savoring the most satisfying treasure in the universe-namely, Christ, who is the image of God.” John Piper

Words fall short of how to describe the goodness of the Gospel…but GOSH it is so good! I am challenged to begin preaching the gospel to myself and others all throughout the day. Internally and externally. I want to remember my God who saved me, always, in all things. I would encourage you to do the same! Until next week, friends!

xo sarah

our full life: week six

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Weekly team meeting. SO blessed to do work meetings at Peet’s and drink lattes.IMG_2876

Reading magazines is one of my favorite leisure activities. Getting new recipe inspiration makes meal planning fun.IMG_2880

Rain outside our window. Hail too.IMG_2884

Sent a sweet package to our this abundant list giveaway winner, Janice.IMG_2893

An early Valentine’s gift came in the mail from my sweet man. What a treat! ❤vday gift

Enjoyed a refreshing lunch on Friday. I just love salads.salad

Loved getting to spend some time in the word this week. Romans is legit.romans

Saturday night sushi. Celebrated my birthday a little early this year with some of my best girlfriends. Umai is the best.bdaysushi

We also went to Extaordinary Desserts for some amazing treats and Birthday Tea!extdes

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Thank you for giving me a fantastic 25th birthday celebration, girls. Love you so much!bdaygirls

Lastly, I thought I’d show you all what an easy and delicious Sunday dinner we had. Potato and ham hash with thyme and dino kale. Yum!hash

That’s all friends! Enjoy this upcoming week with the grace and peace of God!

xo sarah

this abundant list {valentine’s day}

I LOVE Valentine’s Day! It could be for a few reasons, in fact. Maybe it is because I didn’t have a boy to celebrate with until I was 20, so I longed for the day that I could. Maybe it is because it comes 2 days before my birthday, which means lots of celebrating all in one week! Maybe it is because I love red and pink and hearts. Or maybe it is because I love sweets and flowers. Oh! I know. It’s because of LOVE!

Whether you love or hate this holiday, we can all admit that celebrating love is a wonderful thing. Looking for some fun ways to celebrate? I created a list just for you of all the things I recommend trying out this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

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  1. Looking for that perfect DIY hipster valentine’s date night? Here you go!
  2. My beautiful friend Brittan, of What She Would Have Worn, created the most delectable Valentines Day Dessert. MMM. And she has a sweet LOVE story.
  3. OBSESSED!!!!! Okay…beyond obsessed. I have to make these Valentine Tea Bags for my besties! Swoon.
  4. I really want to make these cream filled heart sandwich cookies. As always…thank you Martha for inspiration to all us bakers out there.
  5. Share a night-cap with the hubby! This pomegranate raspberry champagne cocktail looks deeelish! Or maybe get a little crazy and try a “Frenchy“?
  6. I never thought a rock could be used as a such meaningful love offering! Can someone please get me one of those rocks? I’ll be your Valentine.
  7. Chocolate and espresso! What could be better in a brownie? And they’re healthy?!
  8. Love this idea! Find a map of the place you and your special someone met, got married, or lived life together. Then, cut it into a heart and frame it. So sweet.
  9. I hope to have kids someday. If I do, I would really like to make these adorable diy neon valentines for them and their classmates.
  10. When being disciplined, we are strictly paleo. Maybe I should go for these paleo valentine’s treats instead of all the amounts of chocolate chips I want to devour?
  11. Salad lovers, rejoice! Try these beet dyed goat cheese hearts on your next salad. Perfect for February. Perfect for me.
  12. Bon Appetit sure knows their stuff when it comes to Valentine’s Day! Menus, parties, and gift ideas galore.
  13. Heart milk cubes. Done.
  14. Last, click here and here and here to read and SEE some of the LOVE stories I share with my sweet man.

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!!! Celebrate through the most amazing example of true love we could ever know (Romans 5:8).

xoxoxoxoxoxo sarah

valentine’s day goodies

These two Valentine’s Day projects are easy as ABC, 123, and even easier than pie!

The first one is sweet. Le’s just be honest: the more yummy treats I have to gobble up, the more likely I am to work on other cute Valentine’s Day projects. And I don’t know about you…but rice krispy treats can be the death of me. They are so addicting, light and subtle, and I feel like I could eat 10 at a time. So, yeah. Watch out.

Rice Krispy Sweet Hearts

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Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of Rice Krispy cereal
  • 4 – 5 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 3 Tablespoons of butter
  • Red food coloring
  • 9×13 pan
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter. Any size works.

Directions: 

  1. Grease a 9×13 pan with butter. MMMM butter.
  2. In a large pan, melt your butter and mini marshmallows over medium heat until smooth.
  3. Add red food coloring to desired color. If you like pink, add 1-3 drops. If you like red, add 4-6 drops.
  4. Add your rice krispy cereal bit by bit stirring consistently. When the mixture is combined well, take it off the heat.
  5. Transfer your mixture to the 9×13 pan. Spread and press it in well. Let it cool for a couple of minutes.
  6. Flip the pan upside down onto a cutting board.
  7. Begin cutting out your hearts!  I used the random leftover scraps and pressed them together again to get one or two more hearts out of the batch.
  8. Let them cool just a bit longer and then ENJOY!!!

I was inspired by this sweet blog.

The second Valentine’s Day project is one inspired by my love to create cute things and my husband’s love for playing cards. His collection is unreal. So I thought…why not make something cute with one of our “whatever” decks we had laying around. Wa-la! Cute Card of Hearts Valentine Garland! Make this for the lovely holiday and bring cheer to your home.

Card of Hearts Valentine Garland

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Things you need:

  • a pack of red playing cards
  • hole punch (mine is a HEART hole punch!)
  • scissors
  • ~5-6 feet of string, twine, or ribbon

Directions:

  1. Pull all of the heart and diamond suited cards out of the deck. Separate into two piles: one for hearts one for diamonds.
  2. Punch two holes at the top of each heart suited card (see picture above)
  3. Cut each diamond suited card into a heart shape. I free-handed this, but a scrapbook heart paper cutter would be great too.
  4. Punch two holes at the top of each heart. See picture above.
  5. Assemble the garland: String the cards through the hole punches you made alternating the heart shapes and the heart suited cards. Spread out evenly.
  6. Wa-la! Cute garland just for you! Hang it up for all to see! Mine is up in our kitchen.

Check back in tomorrow for all my abundant list of Valentine’s Day ideas!

xo sarah

our full life: week five

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Leaving work at sunset.

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Lofty Coffee lunch break. I got an almond milk chai with honey. MMMM.

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Miniature apple crumbles for Granny and Grampy.

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Thursday sky. Thank you Jesus for creating such a beautiful world.

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Pannikin…I don’t care what anyone says. You’re trendy and I love you!

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Had breakfast with an amazing woman. Lauren…you are an inspiration and true friend.

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Drank lots of tea this week. This one was black apricot.

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I came home one day and Bret made his famous chicken fried rice. DANG. So good!

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Last, and best was a Birthday Brunch for my sweet friend Ashley. The place was SO cute, we had delicious food, and we celebrated a beautiful girl! The right way to ring in 25 for sure!

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Here’s us ladies having a good time.

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Until next week friends! What did you do this week?! I’d love to hear all about it.

xo sarah

diy: paper calendar journal

This is a month late. I realize that and it drives me nuts…but now is better than never. I hope it doesn’t hold you back from trying it out! So before you throw out the list of all the stuff you did/had in January, make this paper calendar journal! It’s such a fun and easy project!

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Click here to find the original post where I got my inspiration.

So, as I was saying, I intended to post this  back in December. That would have been the “studious” thing to do, BUT I have a very good reason. I was making this particular craft as a Christmas gift for four of my best girlfriends. However, our Annual Christmas Tea got pushed out a month until January 26. I couldn’t post about the calendar or they would have known exactly what I was making them. There. see? It’s justified. Here are all four of them ready to be gifted:

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Anyway, start this project TODAY, have fun with it, get creative and make it personal. That’s my advice. Take it or leave it. I’m excited to fill this paper calendar journal out each day and then come back together in a year and talk about it with my friends.

Things You Will Need:

  • A small square box. A fruit box would work. I used this box made by Martha Stewart and sold at Staples.
  • 12 pieces of card-stock to mark each month. You could use vintage postcards found at flea markets. I used jewel colored card-stock and personally hand-lettered/designed each card for each month.
  • 180 4 x 6″ lined index cards
  • A date stamp
  • Stamp pad with desired color of ink
  • A paper cutter (or scissors).
  • Twine and tags (if you are gifting)

Instructions:

  1. Cut index cards in half with the paper cutter. I used an industrial size paper cutter  in my office at work, which made it extremely easy.
  2. Stamp the month and date on the top of each card. This usually takes no more then 5 minutes per month.
  3. Cut the postcards or colored card-stock to about the same width of your box but small enough that they’ll still slide in. And make them just a little longer height-wise than the index cards so the top pops.
  4. If you are designing your own pieces of card-stock to separate the months, then this is the step for that. I had so much fun with this. Make it your own!
  5. Organize the index cards and postcards/card-stock to separate each month.
  6. If you are giving it as a gift, tie it up with twine and cute gift tag. Wa-La! beautiful!

Here are a couple examples of my hand-lettering/designing. This is a fun way to make it really special and personal:

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That’s about it! Please let me know if you have any questions. And do not let this February 1st date hold you back. It can be such a joy to journal your year with the ones you love. Start today!

xo sarah