This and That


1. We got Caleb his first bike helmet. He looks pretty rad in it. I think he should wear it all of the time, just to be safe.

2. Watch this video for a good laugh. Maria doesn’t like watching internet videos. To me there is no better entertainment than a good video like this. I’m thinking about starting my own series of internet videos.

3. Read this post about love. I really don’t have any words. It’s great and you might relate.



1. Caleb got his first haircut this week. He looks so grown up and so handsome!

2. We currently have 23 pounds of butter in our freezer. That’s normal, right?

3. Caleb also had a Dr.’s appointment this week.  The Dr. told us we need to up his food intake since he is a little guy. Caleb must have listened because this week he is inhaling his food! He used to only pick at his food and play in it (except for fruits), but this week he is eating like a champ. He flexes his muscles and clenches his fists and grunts for more food. We are happy he is bringing his A game to the dinner table:)

4. Holy decadent brownies!

5. I pulled a muscle running last week so I am currently out of commission. I am so bummed! I have been spending time on the elliptical machine and going on lots of walks, but it’s not the same. I miss my runs!

6. I guess I am craving brownies this week because I can’t get these Caramel Brownie Pies out of my mind! And FYI-I am not pregnant:)

7. To balance out all of the brownies, here is a killer kale salad for you. Make it. Love it.

8. Tomorrow is National S’mores Day! Celebrate with Mini S’mores Cookies or Golden Grahams S’mores Bars! Of just sit by the campfire and make the real deal. You can’t beat an old fashioned S’mores! Confession though-I do prefer to put a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on my graham instead of a Hershey’s bar. I know, I am such a rule breaker:)

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  1. Totally normal. I have at least 17 lbs. of butter in my freezer… and nearly 30 lbs. of sugar on my pantry shelves.

  2. Caleb is just precious! And don’t worry, at times I’ve have more than 23 pounds of butter. We may not be normal, but at least we’re in good company.

  3. You mean you don’t panic when your butter supply dips below 4 Lbs.? Because I do…

    I don’t like watching internet videos, either. Our girl brains must reject them…

  4. Thanks for a fun *and* poignant post this morning. Enjoyed the prank, the post about love, and Caleb’s helmet and haircut!
    p.s. Totally normal about the butter ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I love your pictures!!! They are so good!! What kind of camera do you use? I am thinking of buying a new camera soon, would love to know what you guys use!! Thank you!!

  6. A peanut butter cup is the ultimate s’more adaptation!! I love doing that to my summertime s’mores. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Seriously, Caleb might be the cutest little guy ever…i mean, except for my own children, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Injuries are the worst. So frustrating! I’m currently nursing a top-of-foot problem and can’t go on my daily dog walks. I can still bike though, thankfully! Look at that big boy haircut. Too cute!

  9. oh no! Hope you feel better Maria! He is so darn cute. Kaylin may never need a haircut (where is her hair??) Hope you all are doing well <3 <3

  10. Cute helmet! Glad to hear Caleb’s appetite has picked up, we were told the same thing about our little guy who’s a few months older than Caleb. He seems to go through phases:

    Phase 1: I’ll let you feed me anything and everything you want and I’ll take it
    Phase 2: I’ll eat everything and anything you want but I have to do it myself otherwise it isn’t going in (lots of head shake no’s and mouth clenched)
    Phase 3: I don’t want anything except for what you are eating, but I only want it from your fork and plate, don’t even think about putting it on my plate because I don’t want it that way
    Phase 4: I want everything and anything that isn’t on my plate and will point at it and say “that”, but when it’s offered to me I won’t be interested in it anymore and will want something else.

    These boys! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

  11. I didn’t know tomorrow was national smore’s day! YUM! What an awesome excuse to eat them! ๐Ÿ™‚ … Cute pictures! and thanks for the kale salad recipe!

  12. Caleb looks so happy during the haircut! So darn cute! I hope your pulled muscle gets better soon!

  13. okay Caleb is DARLING in both the helmet and the haircut! So cute!

    I’m dealing with some sort of a strange injury this week too–can totally relate. Hang in there ๐Ÿ™‚
    And I hope you have something exciting planned for all that butter!

  14. What a little cutie – love the pictures of him in his helmet!
    My 7 year old still goes up and down with food. He is picky for sure, but some days he will eat like there is no tomorrow, and the next day he just picks at his food.

  15. i think my life is ruined after clicking that brownies post…

    also, OMG THAT HELMET! HE SHOULD WEAR IT ALL THE TIME!! (for safety, of course!)

  16. Caleb is such an adorable boy! My little guy is 14 months old and soon will have his 1st haircut! The butter situation – totally normal. Makes me excited for the Fall ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Oh your little one is so precious. We just welcomed my youngest nephew into the world this past weekend, and I can’t wait to see him in the months to come!

  18. Love the pictures of Caleb, he is looking so grownup. Thanks for sharing and I also love any type of brownies. ๐Ÿ™‚