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1. Those of you who know me know my favorite vehicle is a van. Well, I would take this over a van any day.

2. Caleb and I took a quick trip to Crater Lake, Oregon. This place should be on everyone’s bucket’s list of places to visit. It is unbelievably beautiful!

3. We also visited a fish hatchery where we saw some huge salmon swimming up stream to spawn. It was really neat and Caleb enjoyed watching the fish.


1. We started a new tradition in our house. Every Sunday we have chips and salsa for lunch. Josh has been switching up the salsas every week-mango salsa, restaurant style salsa, and peach salsa. Sometimes he goes all out and makes guacamole. I wonder what salsa he will make this Sunday! It may not be the healthiest lunch, but it’s only once a week and it is tradition:)

2. My dad is visiting this week so we are having all kinds of fun! Caleb loves having Papa in town.

3. Grab a glass of milk and make these cookies. Jenna shared one with me in Oregon and they are the real deal folks! You have to make them!

4. I pulled a muscle running about 4 weeks ago. I have been resting…only walking and doing the elliptical. I was feeling better so on Monday I went running. My body got MAD at me. I guess I’m still not healed. I am not a patient person, especially when it comes to exercise. I like to be able to MOVE! So body, you better be listening, I NEED you to heal ASAP!

5. It’s back to school time! I always brought my lunch to school when I was a kiddo. Every year I got to pick out a new lunchbox…well, except the one year my dad brought home a Ghostbusters lunchbox for me. I was devastated and cried all night. I couldn’t show up to school with a Ghostbusters lunchbox in 3rd grade. I peeled off the Ghostbusters sticker and covered it with Lisa Frank stickers. Whew! I was saved. Are you going to pack lunches for your kids this year? Not sure how to pack a lunch? Check out Marla’s post. And if you need ideas on what to pack, Weelicious has some fabulous healthy lunch box ideas and recipes.

6. And don’t forget to add a special note to your kid’s lunchbox! Love these Free Printable School Lunch Notes. And these Lunchbox Love Notes are super cute too!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I also had a brown paper bag for my lunches. I am not sure I would have traded those in for a Ghostbuster box.

  2. I remember when my mom got me a Barbie watch with blue wrist band – I didn’t like it at all. She returned it and got the plain black watch that I really wanted. Haven’t thought about that in a long time…….

  3. What a beautiful spot! Chips & salsa? What an AWESOME tradition. I’m in ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh no…hope you get better fast …you know I”m impatient too!!

  4. Maria, I loved you mentioning bringing lunches to school- I went to a private school that didn’t have a cafeteria for 9 years so we brought ours every day. My mom would pack something special for me and my siblings every day and she would include a special little note almost every day. I actually cried the one time that it wasn’t in there!! You made me nostalgic…I miss those days and the Lisa Frank stickers too!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Maria!

  5. The second that car goes for sale… you better buy it or I will! How awesome would that be?! And your family is precious, Maria. I’m jealous of all your wonderful family trips and adventures!

  6. Crater lake looks amazing! As does that vehicle. Lol.
    Maria, I hope your body listens to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Crater Lake looks so beautiful – not as cute as that baby. he is adorable. Salsa on Sunday’s – catchy huh. fun idea!

  8. pulled muscles are seriously the worst…keep resting though, it’ll be worth it when you get back and are all healed up!

  9. Awesome that you guys got to go Oregon!! Such a sweet photo of Josh and Caleb. Thanks for linking to my LunchBox Love Notes ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Love the pic of Kaleb with Josh…..he looks like he’s holding on for dear life. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I agree with you on tradition…..they must be followed. I have heard so many raves over Jenna’s cookies. These will be made this weekend! Thanks for the lunch note idea and printable link!

  11. Too bad we weren’t in school together. I could have traded your lunchbox with you. I would have loved the Ghostbusters.

  12. THANK YOU for linking to my free printable school lunch notes!! It’s so exciting to be featured on your blog, even in a small way : )

  13. So sad that school lunch in this country is poison for the kids. I wish i could do something about it. I grew up in Sweden where we had awesome lunches, salad bars, Wasa bread, milk, pate, cheeses etc. etc. all kinds of good stuff. I used to love our lunches. I make my lunch here every day anyways when i go to work, and happy to do so for my little one. I am just sad that nobody cares about the kids lunches here. . . .

  14. Crater Lake looks amazing…the Red Sox hat makes it even more beautiful (too bad their season isn’t quite so beautfil!!) …I have just started running again after taking a few weeks off after running a half, my legs were in total shock! Hope you’re feeling better soon!! Love, love, love your site…so glad I stumbled on it!

  15. Gorgeous pictures! thanks for sharing! … Enjoy the time with your dad… and I hope you are all better soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. I think I’ll be sending the printable notes with my daughters lunch when schools starts in 2 weeks! Great idea, she’ll love it..

  17. That’s so neat that you saw the oscar meyer vehicle! And I’m so sorry you are injured! I hope it gets better super quickly. I know how frustrating it is to have an injury and want to get back to working out the way you love to.

  18. I jumped in Crater Lake this summer! What an amazing place! I’m afraid if you didn’t jump in, you’re going to have to go back. Seriously!