robins egg milkshake


Easter is my favorite holiday. Not just for the amazing candy, cute bunnies or beautiful flowers coming into bloom. The reason I love Easter is because we get to celebrate what Jesus accomplished on the cross and that He rose from the dead! He is alive and that is SO amazing! The Lord above and His free gift of forgiveness is absolutely the most wonderful thing we could ever celebrate!

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Enjoy this special treat with your loved ones. Celebrate the KING and His amazing love!

  • Makes 2 medium size milkshakes.


  • 6 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract or 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
  • 20 Robins Eggs, plus 5 more to make a crushed topping.
  • whipped cream
  • blender

rem ingredients


  1. Assemble all ingredients. Crush 5 of your Robins Eggs with the flat side of a knife for the topping.
  2. In a blender mix together ice cream, milk, vanilla, and the rest of the Robins Eggs. Blend well.
  3. For a thinner milkshake add more milk (up to 1/4 cup). If you would like it a bit thicker…like me…add more ice cream.
  4. Pour your milkshake into 2 glasses. Top with whipped cream and crushed Robins Eggs. Enjoy QUICKLY!

xo sarah


gospel monday

Gospel Monday

This week is widely known as Holy Week. The week before Resurrection Sunday or Easter. I hope this post can encourage and inspire you to dwell on the gospel and all that it entails this Easter season. An amazing article written by Jason Holcomb from The Resurgence, inspired this post. Holcomb lays out the Gospel so clearly and it reminds us of what truly happened:


Jesus was really dead. He was beaten and scourged. Many people died just from the scourging. And then he was nailed to a cross with three spikes that were 7–9 inches long and a half-inch thick. And to make sure he was dead, they speared him in the side to pierce both his lung and heart. He died the death we should have died. He died in our place for our sin. John 19:1-37.


Jesus was also buried and everyone involved knew where. The tomb was sealed with a Roman seal and guarded so nobody would mess with it. The chief priests, disciples, and followers of Jesus all knew where it as. It was under Roman guard. His body wasn’t misplaced; it was in a tomb for three days. John 19: 38-42.


Jesus rose from the dead. He showed up to his disciples and followers and then to over 500 people who saw him (1 Cor. 15:6). His disciples didn’t steal his body and promote a hoax they claimed to be true and for which they would all later be killed violently. He didn’t pass out on the cross, resuscitate later in the tomb, tear off the 75 pounds of linen burial cloths, push back an enormous stone by himself, and then overpower armed guards. His resurrection proved his victory over sin and death and ensures believers’ regeneration (1 Pet 1:3-5), justification (Rom 4:25), and future resurrection (1 Cor 6:14). This part of history can be found in John 20-21.

As this week continues, I encourage you to read all 4 gospels’ (Matthew, Mark Luke and John) descriptions of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each one shows a unique perpective, but all show the same immeasurable love that Jesus has for His Father and His children. Jesus endured the wrath and death that we deserved so that we can have forgiveness and joy everlasting! Prepare your heart this week and celebrate what has been accomplished for ALL who believe! It is something WORTH celebrating every day of our lives! Jesus is ALIVE!

LINKS: PROOF of the Resurrection and It Is Finished!

xo sarah

our full life: week twelve

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This week was our 2 Year Wedding Anniversary! While it was super busy, it was also filled with moments that reminded us of each other’s love. It was also filled with a lot of yummy food. I hope you like food as much as we do!

We started off the week with a big comforting pot of soup. I adapted a recipe from Shutterbean. It’s my “healthier” version of her Tuscan Ribollita.soup

We celebrated Bret’s birthday a little early this year with my dad and grandparents. Old Spaghetti Factory really knows what they’re doing when it comes to mizithra cheese. Aren’t my Granny and Grandpa the cutest couple?! Married over 50 years.osf with grandparents

I spent some time this week making some spiced milk. There’s some star of anise, nutmeg, and more! Recipe soon to come. spiced milk

I also made a delicious snack with these bananas. Sweet and salty banana chipsbananas

Because our anniversary fell on a Tuesday (which is super busy day for us) we decided to celebrate on Saturday. Bret made me this scrumptious breakfast for me: an omelet with tomatoes, green onion, cheddar and bacon.breakfast

Then we spent the rest of the day watching a movie, going to lunch, perusing target, and eventually headed out for a walk before dinner. beach walk

The pelicans overhead were so amazing! pelicans

The sun setting was so beautiful. I wish my camera phone could have done it justice.sunset

After our walk we proceeded to have an amazing feast. We had initially wanted crab legs, but at $45.00/lb… thanks. Maybe when they’re in season. We went for a tappas sort of feel. We shared a bottle of the same sparkling wine we had on our wedding night two years ago. A great night was had indeed.anniversary

Then, as if things couldn’t get better (or worse), we had homemade milkshakes. Malted robins egg milkshakes to be exact.milkshake

That’s all friends! I hope you are looking to Jesus this Easter season and trust in His amazing grace. Thanks for reading!

xo sarah

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Healthy choice list:

  1. I’ve been pre-slicing all my veggies for easy salad making lately. But who knew cucumbers were so awesome for other things too!? Joy the Baker knew. YUM!
  2. Reading an amazing devotional called Gospel Primer. Give it a go, friends!
  3. Taking walks has been so wonderful lately. The spring weather is gorgeous which makes it that much more worth it! And so does this.
  4. Using an awesome oil hair mask this week. Macadamias for the win.
  5. Definitely going back to the fool proof Oil Cleansing Method again. I got to get rid of my blemishes that have been flaring up. I don’t know why I ever stop!

Guilty pleasure list:

  1. Watching episode after episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Hulu. Did any other girl have as much of an obsession as I did?
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookies: BEST RECIPE EVER.
  3. I can’t stop thinking about this purse and these shoes. I can find the money just “laying around,” right?!? And, oh yeah, this necklace….
  4. Wanting to try this Hot Mess burger is embarrassing. Keeping it real guys….
  5. Been loving this cocktail lately: silver tequila, club soda and lime juice.

What are some of your healthy choices? Guilty pleasures?

xo sarah

chocolate chip cookies

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Chocolate chip cookies. A classic. Melt-in-your-mouth amazingness.

Chocolate chip cookies are my downfall. I love the raw cookie dough. I love them fresh out of the oven. I love them cold out of the fridge. And I love them frozen and chewy.

I may have had four on the night I made them…and then two for breakfast the next day. I said MAY HAVE. Except that…I totally did. Sorry…but I’m not sorry. Let that be a warning to you: if you make this recipe, you. can. not. stop. eating. them. Try to make them around the time your friend has a birthday. This is what I did and it helps majorly!

This recipe is adapted from a wonderful cookbook I received as a gift from my culinarily-talented uncle: The Silver Palate Cookbook. This cookbook is timeless and loaded with kitchen wisdom and quotes. For example: Life is uncertain: Eat dessert first. The Silver Palate Cookbook is filled with so many delicious recipes with the freshest ingredients and simplest instructions.

Fact: if you picked up my copy of this cookbook it would just naturally open to page 321: Chocolate Chip Cookies….I’ve made them that many times. The truth is in the binding!  Thank you, Silver Palate, for the flawless recipe. Okay…enough talk. Prepare for the BEST chocolate chip cookies of your life. For real. No joke. Get baking!

  • Makes about 25 large size cookies or 80 mini cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter at room temperature.
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 10 oz. package (about 1 & 1/4 cup) of Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Parchment paper


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and both sugars until the mixture looks light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Combine well.
  3. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a separate bowl. Then transfer it into the bowl containing the wet ingredients. Combine well.
  4. Add the chocolate chips to the cookie dough and combine so they are well dispersed. Scoop desired (large size or mini) amount of cookie dough onto your parchment paper lined cookie sheets. NOTE: I make large size cookies almost every time. This gets me 9 cookies on each cookie sheet. That should give you a better idea.
  5. Bake in the center of the oven.  15 minutes for large size cookies and 10 minutes for mini cookies. Remove from the oven when the centers of the cookies are still slightly soft and the edges are golden brown. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack or plate for serving.

EXTRAS: May I suggest 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pistachios if you’re a nut-lover. You could also add 1 cup of shredded coconut and let me know how delicious that turns out! And if you like to experiment with extracts and you’re a mint lover, substitute the vanilla extract for mint! Yum.

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Please enjoy these cookies with your family and a tall glass of milk. I know this will be my go-to recipe for years to come. Thanks for reading!

xo sarah

march nineteenth


Two years ago I married the man of my dreams.

I married someone who loves Jesus with all his heart. I married someone who treats me with the utmost respect and honor. I married someone who inspires me and serves me. I married someone who I trust and who protects my heart. I married someone who makes me laugh, helps me grow, and makes life so sweet.

Our wedding day was so beautiful in so many ways, but the most beautiful part of the day was beginning this marriage covenant before our Lord. Promising to love each other and lay down our life for each other daily. Promising to encourage one another in the Gospel and always forgive. Promising to make more of Christ and less of us.

I do not deserve that grace that I have been shown, but I am so thankful to be married to the most wonderful man. Happy 2nd Anniversary my sweetheart! I pray the Lord brings us many more years together for His glory.


xoxoxoxo sarah

gospel monday

Gospel Monday

I know it was yesterday…but I thought I would post a St. Patrick’s themed Gospel Monday. Here is an excerpt from a famous hymn – St. Patrick’s Breastplate:

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Lastly, I thought I would give you a verse that gives such encouragement and joy that can be found in in the Lord: Isaiah 41: 9-10 …you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Jesus is so amazing to pour out His blood for us and forgive all of our sin. Trust on Jesus and receive this forgiveness, freedom and joy everlasting.

xo sarah

our full life: week eleven

OFL 11This week was so very wonderful. I kept thinking about the fact that exactly two years ago it was the week before my wedding day. I reminisced over the way I felt those last few days as an engaged woman and the beautiful spring weather. I will now and always have a certain kind of sweet anticipation in March.

I began the week with my friend Brittan of What She Would Have Worn. We thrifted all around Escondido. Isn’t she just lovely!?!?Brit and me

I had breakfast at my desk on Tuesday: a granola bar and Peet’s cafe au’lait. breakfast 11

I absolutely love the fog. This was the view outside my office door.foggy

Trader Joe’s knows how to do delicious. Speculoos cookies and peppermint patties.CG treats

Tea time at community group. From top clockwise: Ginger, blackberry vanilla, red thai.tea time at CG

There were three whole loads of laundry this week. Thankfully, I had some extra muscle (aka Bret) helping me lug them to the laundry building.laundry day

I had a shopping day with my sweet grandma on Saturday. I got this lovely red dress for a great price! Yup…those are our yummy lattes in the

Let’s be real: every mall trip deserves a Hot Dog on a Stick, right? I’ll answer for you… yes. Yes it does. I ate the whole thing before I remembered to take a photo!hot dog on a stick lunch

Impromptu date night with this hottie. Sushi and Batman…it was perfect.IMG_3345

Some sweet “leprechaun” shamrocked my door this morning and left me a St. Patrick’s Day surprise. Thanks for the delicious gold coins Jocelynshamrocked

DELICIOUS St. Patrick’s Day dinner! Thank you dad! I LOVE corn beef and pattys

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed your week as much as I did. I pray it was filled with the abundant love that Christ offers!

xo sarah

the silliest fight ever

So…Bret and I got into a fight last night.

First, let me tell you that I hate getting in fights with anyone…especially my husband. Second, let me tell you that this fight will end up being one of our funnier anecdotes.


Last night, after dinner was done and we were winding down, we both felt like dessert. I went for something simple: milk and cookies. Bret wanted something a little less simple: a milkshake.

He bought himself a pint of cookies & cream ice cream a couple of weeks ago and we have a bunch of milk we need to use up. Everything looked as if it was working out perfectly. He asked me what I thought, “Sweetie, should I just have my ice cream or should I go to the trouble and make myself a milkshake?”

I said, “Sure! Make a milkshake. That will be good. But if you want to make a milk shake, you’re going to have to wash the blender.”

This is the most important fact of all: Bret had NO idea that the blender was still dirty and sitting in the sink from earlier. He assumed it was in the cupboard where it usually is.


Well, Bret was immediately thrown off. He thought that I was saying, “If you make the milkshake you’re going to have to wash the blender immediately after using it because I am not going to wash it for you.”

And I was immediately thrown off because I thought he knew the blender was dirty and was saying, “Hey…I want a milkshake so get in the kitchen and wash that blender for me.”

Well…I think you can imagine what happened from there. With all the confusion…we squabbled for about 5 minutes about this dumb blender. Neither of us were wrong for being upset about what we thought the other was asking of us. We have our own set of expectations and they were definitely not being met (although…it could have been selfish to have any expectations, I realize). However, the information each of us had was pretty mixed up.


It is definitely not normal that Bret would ask me to wash something for him right away just so he could use it. He would just wash it himself if he wanted it. And it is definitely not normal that I would have Bret wash his dishes right away after using them. It doesn’t bother me if they sit there for a bit…and I’ll usually do them on my own (I like doing dishes).

Eventually, we got to the bottom of our blender miscommunication and we couldn’t help but laugh at ourselves! It was hilarious how confused we were with each other. It was even more hilarious how one little piece of unknown information could unravel us! I am so thankful we figured out what was going wrong and that it didn’t escalate too far. I need to remember a couple things in situations like these: 1. Ephesians 5:33 2. Speak clearly and don’t leave out any important details and 3. Always kiss and make up.

Anyway, I had to share and let everyone in our little secret: we fight about blenders and milkshakes. That’s how much we love food. And each other…even more so.


Have you ever had a crazy ridiculous fight that ended in a good laugh?! Thanks for reading, friends!

xo sarah

our full life: week ten

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Spent some time with friends discussing dating, marriage, and the bible. It was wonderful. Black apricot tea and a warm fire was such a treat!coffee and fire

Egg scramble for one: cherry tomatoes, green onion and cheddar. Seriously, yum.eggscramble

Pairing it with a dirty chai always helps. Can you see me??coffee

Selfie. It was fun making my hair wavy this week!selfie

I had to stop for a picture on my way home from work. It deeply reminded me of Romans 1:20beach

I love that my husband is so close with his sister. They can always share a good laugh  together!siblings

Double date with these two handsome people. Churchills serves the best Black and Blue Cider and Vanilla Ballast!friends

Irish Pub garlic chips. UHHH-Mazing!!!chips

Another beautiful sky. So blessed to be so close to the beach! beach 2

It was a rainy, sunny, and super fun week…I think spring has finally arrived! What do you have planned for spring this year?

xo sarah

simple croque monsieur

Croque Monsieur is a very fancy name. The French always make things sound super duper fancy. Although, I wont lie…I do like them for that reason. The simple truth is this: these delectable ham and cheese sandwiches that I speak of are just that…ham and cheese sandwiches.


Simple ham and cheese sandwiches sold as fast-food or quick-snacks in french cafes. Yes, there is a bechamel…and yes, there is some gruyere in there. Those facts should never scare us away, but lure us in! The best part of all is in the name itself. Croque Monsieur is literally translated as the “Mister Crunch” sandwich. I like that much better. How I would love to go to france and ask for a mister crunch, to-go!

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart:

  • Serves 6-8



  • 1 1/4 cup of whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp. of unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp. of all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp. of fresh thyme leaves, divided
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 1 long ciabatta loaf (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 4 Tbsp. of Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 pound of sliced ham
  • 4 cups of Gruyere cheese (about 8 ounces), grated
  • 1 cup of Parmesan cheese (1 ounce), finely grated


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees with rack in bottom third. Heat the milk in a pan over medium heat until hot, about 5 minutes. Melt the butter in another small saucepan over medium heat; add the flour, whisk to combine, and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons thyme, then gradually whisk in milk. Simmer the bechamel 2 minutes, whisking. Remove from heat, and add 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  2. Cut the top crust off bread; slice loaf in half horizontally. Fill sandwich with mustard, ham, and half the Gruyere. Toast on a baking sheet until the cheese is melted and the top is golden brown.
  3. Remove from the oven. Preheat broiler. Spread the bechamel on top, and sprinkle with remaining the cheese. Broil until golden brown and bubbling, about 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oven; garnish with pepper and the remaining thyme. Let sit 10 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

Have you ever made a Croque before? Have you ever HAD a Croque from France? Either way, please make these and enjoy all the cheesy goodness!

xo sarah

feijoada: black bean & meat stew

March is my husband’s birthday month. What do you get at the Theis home on your birthday month, you ask? Well the answer is simple: whatever meal(s) you want. So far it’s been very meaty: stew, sandwiches, and pot pie.

My birthday was in February, so in my case I wanted lots of salads, french fries, and sushi. Bret, however, is the stereotypical “man” when it comes to food. So, if you are a woman, a newlywed, or you’re just wondering what to get the boys in your house to eat and thoroughly enjoy – look no further. May I present to you, what I call, “Man Stew” or “Feijoada: Black Bean & Meat Stew.”

This stew has everything a man could want:
Beans – check. Pork shoulder – check. Bacon AND chorizo – check!
Light on the veggies and heavy on the garlic – check.
I hope your man will enjoy this meal as much as mine does.

As much as this stew screams, “I am man! Hear me roar!”…it’s looks really pretty  when you’re making it! That’s always fun. Look at all that goodness…

stew prep

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  • Makes 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound (or 2 cups) of dry black beans
  • 2 pounds of boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 Tbsp. of kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. of black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. of granulated garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound of bacon
  • 1/2 pound of spicy chorizo
  • 1 and 1/2 onion
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 quart (32 oz.) of chicken stock
  • Large (6 quart) heavy bottomed pot/casserole
  • Garnish with sour cream and diced green onion


  1. {This first step could be done in advance} Thoroughly rinse your dry beans, then place them in your large pot and cover with cold water. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce it to simmer. Cover the beans and let them simmer for 90 minutes or until tender, but not mushy. Once the beans are done, transfer them and all their cooking liquid to a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Cut your pork shoulder into bite sized cubes. Season and coat your pork shoulder pieces with the kosher salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. In batches, brown the pork shoulder pieces on all sides with the olive oil in your large pot over high heat. When all your pieces are browned, transfer them to a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Dice the bacon and cook it in your large pot over medium heat. Break the chorizo up with your hands into small pieces and add it to the pot also. Cook until golden brown.
  4. Small dice the onion, celery, and jalapeño and mince the garlic cloves. Add the onion and celery to the bacon and chorizo mixture and cook until softened, still over medium heat, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapeño and stir until you can smell all the amazing fragrances, about 1 minute.
  5. Return the pork shoulder pieces to the pot with the black beans and bay leaves. Pour the chicken stock over everything and stir well. Bring stew to a simmer and cover to cook for 3 hours. Meat will be tender and the smell will be mouth-watering. Enjoy!


Let the “man stew” eating commence. Recipe inspiration from Martha…mine does not have pig ears or pig tongue though (sorry…except, I’m not sorry). I think I might try some tomatoes in there, next time!

I hope you try this recipe for yourself.
Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

xo sarah

our full life: week nine


This week was FULL of family, friends errands, dates, good food, and general busy body things. Overall, it was a blessed week!

First of all, the sky has been absolutely gorgeous this week. Praise God for spring!sky

Coffee date with this beautiful lady. We indulged and got frappuccinos. IMG_3217

We also indulged our super silly side and made up a romantic-comedy for this duck. She has a cleft bill and her name is Wanda. She’s beautiful on the inside.  Photo credits go to P-town.IMG_3216

What a gift it was to get together with some of my family. I met with my Grandma and my Aunt Margi. Three generations of women! 3 generations

We had breakfast at Hans & Harry’s Bakery in Bonita. SO yummy. SO lovely.hans and harrys

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I dream about having a tree like this one day. Aunt Margi has the green thumb.aunt m's tree

I made stew. Bret is obsessed with this stew: bacon, chorizo, pork shoulder, beans…man food. Recipe soon to come!stew prep

I also made Croque Monsieur sandwiches. I call them croques. More man food for my man. Recipe also soon to come.croques

And Let’s be real. This is what my sink situation looked like most of the week. And just imagine what my laundry was like….sink situation

I had the great pleasure of seeing my niece FOUR times this week! She is way too cute and has the best expressions.lucyCollage

And my sister was pretty popular with the babies! Long live the Gerber puffs.puff babies

Lastly, the week wouldn’t be complete without a work-related Costco run. At least it was warm enough to wear shorts! And yellow flats, of course.costco run

That’s all friends! I hope your week was spent enjoying the grace of our GOOD God.

xo sarah

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I hope your short month of February was love-filled, sweet and satisfying!

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Here are a couple links I thought were interesting, funny or note-worthy:

  1. I personally love the whole bike riding, beard wearing, instagraming, hipster thing…but this video is hilarious. 
  2. Do you like the cream filling in oreo’s? Well, this guy hates it. Too funny!
  3. I think I might start getting into americanos after reading an article my husband told me about.
  4. Who wants to come over and make buttermilk beignets with me? Americanos included!
  5. Interesting food documentary on Netflix. Definitely made me want to eat lots of aloe and chia seeds.
  6. I want a golden glittering jewelry dish! Seems easy enough.
  7. How does he do this?!?!?! My husband is pretty into illusions, and I can’t help but dork out on it too.
  8. I’m cutting straighties again on Saturday. Love this style.
  9. I like that this fellow blogger posts a “quote of the week” and this one in particular is awesome. Gotta love Amy Poehler and being silly.
  10. If only I could be as passionate and committed reader as Rory Gilmore.
  11. Adorable bottle opener. Now I just need starfish salt shakers.
  12. Perfect for the citrus obsession I have.

That’s all friends! Do you have any lovely links to share!? I’d love to see.

xo sarah