Two Peas and Their Pod

This and That


1.  This is really funny about gyms.

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2. I have some bad news. I tore my MCL while I was skiing on Saturday.  We are hoping there is no ACL or meniscus damage. I am on crutches and I have a huge brace on my leg. It’s been tough getting around, but Caleb has been a big help.

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3. This was the view from the day I tore my MCL. It was a great day until I was injured. I really hope I heal soon. I don’t want to miss out on ski season!

4. I’m pretty bummed the Chiefs lost last week. Now I am cheering for the Panthers, Patriots, and Chargers.


1. I am currently obsessed with the show Property Brothers on HGTV. Have you seen it? I started watching it over the holidays and now I am hooked. They turn fixer upper homes into dream homes! I am always impressed with the outcome. They have great style. I want the Property Brothers to build us our dream home. Someday:)

2. I will never get tired of this salad.

3. I don’t paint my nails that often because I hate that the nail polish chips in 24 hours. I like having pretty polished nails, but it’s not worth the effort if they are going to look horrid in a day. Any tips on keeping nail polish from chipping? Share your beauty secrets with me!

4. I am having a major carb craving for this Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread.

5. Free Printable 2014 Calendar. I already printed mine! I like to plan my life the old fashioned way. I can’t keep my schedule on the computer. I like to be able to jot down notes and make changes in pencil.

6. Josh got me this bracelet for Christmas and I am loving it! A little bling makes me happy!

7. We are starting to plan our 2014 travel adventures. We really want to go back to Hawaii. We went to Maui last year and LOVED it. Should we choose a new island or go back to Maui. Any suggestions?

8. 16 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year. I haven’t read any of these books. I better get busy because I always like to read the book before I see the movie.

9. I need this veggie burger in my life.

10. And finally, do you want us to continue on with our This and That posts in 2014? Do you like them or are we just boring you to death? Please let us know! Thanks!

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105 Responses to “This and That”

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  1. Nancy Smith — January 9, 2014 @ 4:00 am

    I do enjoy This and That. If you two don’t mind writing, I will continue to enjoy reading it. I have enjoyed watching Caleb growing up.

  2. Erica — January 9, 2014 @ 4:42 am

    Love these posts! Keep them coming! Oh no- Josh, I hope you get better fast. Hawaii is amazing. You should definitely see some of the other islands Kaui and Oahu are just gorgeous.

  3. Maria in NJ ~ Dolcelicious Bake Shoppe — January 9, 2014 @ 6:58 am

    Hi Maria, I follow your blog, even though I might not leave comments often, I wanted you to know that I enjoy it very much…as you may or may not know in March SLC is going to host cookie decorators from everywhere…can you suggest a nice mid priced restaurant that serves an American cuisine…thank you in advance…Maria W

  4. Karen Lynch — January 9, 2014 @ 7:25 am

    I like the posts, though I wish Maria’s would include pictures instead of all links, I tend to skip most of the links when they are all links. Maybe click the pic if you want more info.

  5. Toni — January 9, 2014 @ 7:26 am

    Please continue This and That — unless it is too time-consuming. I really enjoy reading it! I enjoy all of your recipes, too!

  6. Laura — January 9, 2014 @ 7:29 am

    I love your This & That posts! Keep ’em coming!

  7. Donna — January 9, 2014 @ 7:33 am

    I love reading these posts on Thursdays! 😉 Hope you get some good mani tips, because I need them too!
    Feel better Josh!

  8. Kit — January 9, 2014 @ 8:08 am

    YES, please keep the This and That. Love the family pictures and the insight into your lives. For manis, I use a base and top coat and for the color, I use a very light pale pink so that when it chips, it really doesn’t show. So sorry to see that Josh is injured. Heal fast!

  9. Emily @ Life on Food — January 9, 2014 @ 8:08 am

    I had no idea all of those movies are coming out this year. There are books on that list that I have had on my list for a bit of time now. Better get on it.

  10. Kelley — January 9, 2014 @ 8:08 am

    I really like these posts!! For me, they contain a LOT if useful, varied information. Keep them coming!!

  11. Kel — January 9, 2014 @ 8:11 am

    Yes – please continue with this and that.

    So sorry about your MCL — take it seriously and make sure it is healed before skiing again!! You may do better skiing with the brace on.

  12. Diane — January 9, 2014 @ 8:18 am

    Love your Thursday posts! So enjoy your Caleb pictures too! If you go back to Hawaii, Kauai is a must see. And Oahu’s north shore and Pearl Harbor is a must too. We day tripped from Kauai over to Oahu. Chipping polish is why I only get my nails buffed or wear clear. Hope someone has a secret remedy! Feel better Josh.

  13. Lynne — January 9, 2014 @ 8:23 am

    Please keep posting. Love hearing about your cute son. I am a new mommy to a son and love heading about your little guy. Love hearing about travel, home and of course food!!

  14. Becky — January 9, 2014 @ 8:24 am

    I love this and that Thursdays! I’ve found alot of interesting sites and links via them! Stuff I never would have happened upon online by myself! :)

  15. BARBARA — January 9, 2014 @ 8:31 am

    Love This and That – nice personal touch.

  16. Kathy wolf — January 9, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    I look forward to your This and That post. I love all the pictures, stories about you and your family and recipes. I too would like to see more pictures from Maria instead of just links. Keep up the great posts and blogs!!

  17. I do a lot of gardening Maria so snap re the nails. Essie and OPI are the best enamels I have used and always with a base and top coat. Do you have Shellac in the US? It’s indestructible. must be professionally applied though and needs soaking to remove (use a reputable salon) but very good for special occasions etc.

  18. Jessica — January 9, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    of course we love hearing both sides of things. And the weekly dose of cute Caleb pictures – of course

  19. Caren — January 9, 2014 @ 8:46 am

    I love This and That, don’t stop posting.

  20. Shay — January 9, 2014 @ 8:46 am

    I love the posts! I like the links, pictures, all of it–hope you keep it up!

  21. Michelle — January 9, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    I love this and that! Maui is amazing but the other islands are fun too. Kauai is my favorite.

  22. Trish — January 9, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    I love that it looks like Spiderman is shooting a web from under Josh’s leg. Like he’s stuck or something. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

  23. Diane — January 9, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    I love your site. I always read this and that and find that I really like that I discover things that I would not find on my own. I love the book picks, travel, jewelry ….
    I hope you can keep it coming.
    Also-your sister and her family are in my prayers.

  24. Missy Moore — January 9, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    Yes, please continue! I always look forward to “This and That”.

  25. Michelle — January 9, 2014 @ 9:06 am

    For Your Nails —> get a gel manicure or a shellac manicure! They can last 2 weeks to a month…just depends on the polish and how well it’s applied. My thanksgiving manicure lasted a month, no chips, it had just grown out!

  26. Kathy — January 9, 2014 @ 9:13 am

    Love the this and that! I like pictures better than links as well. Happy New Year!!

  27. Tracy — January 9, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    I love these posts, please keep doing them! I read them every week and find a lot of links to recipes that I otherwise would not know about.

  28. Jess M — January 9, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    Keep up the posts, they are fun and I usually find something new. If you are doing a diy manicure at home one thing I do that keeps the polish from chipping is putting a new top coat on every day. It seems to keep my polish chip free for at least 5 days but that is the max. I am afraid of the gel manicures because of the uv lights…

  29. Kim in RI — January 9, 2014 @ 9:40 am

    I love the Thursday this and that! One of my favorite days of the week :-)

    As for nail polish – I am with you. Very rarely paint unless special occassion. I have done the gel manicures and they do last but I find they do a number on my nails. As for the uv lights, there is virtually no damage from them since it is such a short time with your hands under them. One of our derm fellows here at the hospital actually did some research on it and that is what she found.

  30. Tina — January 9, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    I look forward to This and That every Thursday – it’s one of the highlights of the bloggy week! I especially enjoy the book and TV show recommendations! It’s also great to see what Caleb is up to – he’s adorable! Keep up the great work in 2014! Hope Josh is back on the slopes soon!

  31. Robin — January 9, 2014 @ 9:56 am

    I absolutely love This and That.

    And I also do gel manicures at home. Love them too!

  32. Sarah D. — January 9, 2014 @ 9:57 am

    I LOVE the This and That posts! I love the random links and resources. Keep em coming, please!

  33. Beth — January 9, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Love the This and That Posts! The only thing I would suggest adding is the actual picture that goes along with the link so that you don’t necessarily have to click on the link if you don’t want to. You must read the Gillian Flynn books that are on that list. Love them!

  34. Heidi — January 9, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    I really like the This and That posts as long as they don’t have a bunch of promo for sponsors. Don’t like all the posts where it is sponsor related. If going to Hawaii, try Kauai….gorgeous beaches. Hope Josh heals quickly so he doesn’t miss out on all the snow we’re getting now. Lucky us!

  35. Christina Curtin — January 9, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    Hi, I like This & That. I’m fairly new to reading them but they are fun.
    For nail polish, try Zoya. They are formaldahyde free and not expensive ($8-10ea) sold online (haven’t ever seen them in a store) but the top coat and bottom coat REALLY work to extend a polish job. It can be tough to choose a color online but they have a good “review” on the side that says how sheer or opaque it is etc which is helpful.

  36. Donna K. — January 9, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    Love This and That – please don’t stop! I love that you put links to items / blogs that you like. These have “widened my horizons” so to say!

  37. Laurie — January 9, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    I also think your This and That posts are cute and I like your jewelry find! I find them fun and relatable

  38. Autumn Wallace — January 9, 2014 @ 11:21 am

    Please don’t stop This and That, I love it !

  39. Melissa Calvin — January 9, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    I really enjoy this portion of your blog. Your family is adorable and real! I’m a Utah local so I can relate a lot. LOVE your recipes too, this is by far one of the top blogs I subscribe to. Thanks!

  40. Kathy Moran — January 9, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    Definitely NOT boring…love it… Keep them coming!!!! Really enjoy them!!

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