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hello, switzerland.

Back in early May, we decided that we would take a last minute weekend trip to Europe. We were already stationed out in NYC that week, so the flight would not be as long [compared to if we flew out of San Francisco].

Our final destination was Milan, Italy. However, we planned it with lengthy layovers just so we could get the most out of our weekend.

We took the red eye into the first stop, Geneva, Switzerland. I never sleep very much on red eye flights, but then again, who does?!

First thing on our agenda, food!

That was the best chocolate croissant I have ever tasted. It must have been the Swiss dark chocolate they used as the filling. Oh, so good! Then, we walked around the airport [yes, to the awesome duty free shopping]. A couple of hours later, we were back in the air on our way to Zurich, Switzerland.

Upon arrival, we found lockers to hold our carry-on baggage. Thank goodness for those lockers because we were anticipating carrying everything while we walked around the city. We grabbed a quick bite to eat, then we took the S-Bahn into Zürich Hauptbahnhof.

We needed to kill five hours, so off we went. We didn’t have an agenda; we thought it’d be more fun if we just roamed the city streets and got lost.

We stumbled upon Augustinergasse. It’s like living history when you walk down these narrow, cobble-stoned paths. The building are colorful with so much character. The window displays in the store fronts are so quaint and thoughtfully put together. It’s definitely a sight not to be missed when you visit Zurich.

Maneuvering the cobblestone pathways and trekking up the hills, we made it to Lindenhof Hill. Here, you get a beautiful view of the center of historic Zurich.

After snapping a handful of photos, we ventured down more cobblestone pathways towards St. Peter’s Church. It was formerly the site of a Roman castle. Its steeple clock is also the largest clock face in Europe [diameter of 8.7 meters].

We continued down random paths and came across Fraumünster. I wasn’t able to snap photos on the inside of the church, but the stained glass windows in there are phenomenal.

…and we walked, walked, and walked some more until we got to Lake Zurich.

We spent some time soaking in the views from the lake and watching the swans play on the water. Soon after, I started to feel hungry again [when am I not hungry?!].

Before we left, I made sure to do a little digging on local eateries. G requested that I find somewhere that had delicious bratwursts and beer, so I found Sternen Grill. Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to tell you how good this bratwurst was!

Only a couple of hours left to spare, we had to walk back towards the main train station to catch a ride back to the airport. Along the way, I had my camera in hand to capture what we saw.

Had to take pictures of the guy with the keg, hah! G was drooling at the sight of this.

…but before hopping on the train to get to the airport, we had to make a quick detour into Läderach Chocolatier. C’mon?! Slabs of Swiss chocolate and truffles galore?! How could we not?!

So incredibly delicious. They ain’t joking when they say Swiss chocolate is the best! You bet we bought chocolate to take home with us [a lot of it didn’t make it home; we ate most of it on the plane].

After our chocolate endeavor, it was time to head back to the airport. Zurich was fun while it lasted. We hopped onto the S-Bahn, and off we went. Once we got to the airport and picked up our carry-on baggage, it was time to catch our last leg to Milan, Italy.

…but in terms of blogging, I’ll save that for my next post.



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S’mores Pops Recipe

T’is the season for holiday baking and candy making!

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for the recipe of the s’mores pops that I posted on Instagram earlier today, so instead of emailing out recipes to anyone that’s interested, I thought it would be easier to just post the recipe up on the blog.


marshmallows (or the store bought marshmallow cream in a jar)
2 cups chocolate chips
3 tbsp butter
graham crackers
candy sticks for the handle (or cute paper straws… i cut mine in half)

1. Heat up a marshmallow or two in the microwave for ten seconds. Once heated, spread it between two graham crackers to make the smores sandwich. (Or you can use the marshmallow cream as your filling.)
2. Poke paper straws into the marshmallow filling, and let cool until the s’mores sandwich is sturdy.

(You want to make sure all of the sandwiches are assembled before you proceed to doing the chocolate part.)

2. Melt down chocolate chips with the butter in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. Once heated, pull out of the microwave and stir. If it’s not melted enough, heat it up for another 15 seconds. If you want a creamier chocolate, add more butter. Keep stirring it until it’s a smooth consistency.

3. Dip the s’mores into the chocolate and let cool on waxed paper.

4. Before the chocolate has hardened, add sprinkles. Then, let the s’mores pops sit out until the chocolate has completely hardened.

I individually wrapped them up so it’d be easier to store for a party we’re throwing this weekend. Just tie them up with some plastic film and cute ribbon, and they’re ready to be put out on the table.

Happy sweets, everyone!


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maui ocean center pictures.

We took our annual trip to Hawaii mid-March, and this time we hit up both Maui and the Big Island.

We first flew into Maui and stayed the majority of our trip there. Most of the pictures I took were from Maui, so I figured I’d write separate blog posts for the pictures we took on each separate  island. Today, I suppose I’ll focus on our Maui trip.

On our first day there, it was a must to hit up the Maui Ocean Center.

There are so many things that make this aquarium worth visiting, but I think my favorite part of this aquarium is the extensive coral. It’s incredible how much coral they have in their tanks considering it takes years and years for it to grow to maturity. Also, the shark exhibit is awesome. They’ve got hammerheads and tiger sharks – super scary!

Stay tuned for more pictures from our trip!


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sarah, please update.

“Sarah, please update your blog.” I keep getting this from family and friends.

Oh my gosh! I’ve become such a horrible blogger, hehe. Hopefully, later this week (if I find the time to post), I’ll post the last two and half months of my life.

Lots has happened since the last time I posted.


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any other way.

Well, it’s been a while since I last posted, but ordering at CHA had me wiped out for a couple of days. Then, it was right back to work for me. I have been so blessed with all of the love I have been getting from our customers since I’ve been back. Seriously, all of the support means so much to me. (Thank you to those who have popped in and supported us!)

As promised, I snapped some random shots from the show.

It was such an organized and chill show for me. We even managed to finish all the ordering in just TWO days, and we ordered more than we have ever before! Plus, we even got to socialize with friends at the show, as well as do the fun make and takes for the shop. I’m super excited about all of the new things that will be going on in the next few months.

I can honestly say that I am truly happy with my life. Does that mean that there aren’t any days where I feel crummy? Of course not! Life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies; that’s just unrealistic. However, when days start to feel cruddy, I remember moments and people that make me smile.

Good memories always put me back in a happy place. It feels great to surround myself among positive people who understand me and the decisions I make. I wouldn’t want life any other way.

As far as creating, I’m in a total slump. I was given a handful of goodies from various companies at CHA, but I haven’t been productive. Someone, please give me my mojo back!


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