This and That



1. It’s been a busy week at our new house. The boys love watching the trucks come and go. Saturday is the big day! We can’t wait to move in.

2. Ouch! Pujols gets hit in the face and stays in the game.

3. We watched this movie. I liked it.

4. Maria’s dad stayed with the boys while we were in Oregon. He plays a little game with them and always asks them, “Guess what? and then he says, “Love you, gotcha!” Last night, we put the boys to bed and we heard them talking. Maxwell was yelling, “Brother, guess what? Love you, gotcha!” Caleb did it back. It was so sweet.



1. We are moving on Saturday! YAY! We are so excited! We will share more house updates once we get moved in and situated.

2. I read this book on our Oregon trip and LOVED it! One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Oh, and I will do a post about our trip soon. Stay tuned!

3. How to style your kitchen shelves.

4. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale starts tomorrow! A few items on my wish list are these bowls, this basket, this marble and wood serving board, these boots, and these tees. What is on your list? Let me know if you get any good deals!

5. This cake is on my baking list.

6. My favorite zucchini recipes. Bookmark this one! Zucchini season is here. I already made a batch of my favorite cookies.

7. May today be brighter. Read this post.

8. I need these waffles. The topping is beautiful!

9. When we run out of Berry Granola we will have to make Berry Cereal Milkshakes. So fun!

10. I hope we raise our boys right.

11. I like the candy bar so I know I will love these bars.

12. Savory pie. Yes!

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  1. I love Thursday’s This & That posts. Thanks to both you and Josh for sharing your thoughts. More importantly, best wishes for a stressless, exciting and joyful move into your new home. I can’t wait to see your new kitchen!!

  2. Hey ya’ll love the list! Try to have fun moving. All the food looks so yummy! Maria- I really like your list for Nordstrom!

  3. Personally, I don’t like the kitchen shelf concept. I can’t imagine how it would ever look and stay presentable in a real kitchen where we are cooking daily. I like how they look on some people’s blogs, but it doesn’t seem practical in real-life, once the pretty photos have been taken and posted. I think it’s a fad that will come and go quickly and would add a lot of stress to my life. Love the pics of your house! It is beautiful and I can’t wait to see more! Congrats!

  4. Cute story about Maria’s dad and the boys – that is something they will always treasure from him. The pitch that hit Pujols was scary to watch and I’m just glad he’s okay. I too want to try the Symphony Bars too – they look so yummy and the savory tomato pie looks amazing and I love anything quiche! I really hope your move on Saturday goes well and that you enjoy your first night in the house:)

  5. I really enjoy your This and That posts! I can’t wait to see your new house, and hear about your trip to Oregon! Also, if you loved The Kitchen House (which was fabulous!), you now have to read her next book, Glory Over Everything! Best of luck moving in and enjoy that new house! Thanks for sharing with us.

    1. Thanks! I didn’t know she had another book. Yay! I am going to check it out.

  6. Loved The Kitchen House!  Such a good read.  Your house looks beautiful, can’t wait to see more of it.

  7. Your new house looks gorgeous!! So exciting. The Kitchen House is actually next on my book list to read. I’m glad to hear a good review. I recently finished The Nightingale and loved it! You should read that if you haven’t already.

  8. Those kitchen shelves look nice, but I would never be able to keep those all neat and clean like that.  It’s nice to have cupboards with doors you can close.  Good luck with moving this weekend.  At the end of July, we will have been in our house for 20 years.  It’s gone by so fast.  This is the longest I’ve lived in any one house and any one city.  I haven’t had to move for a while, other than moving my kids in and out of dorm rooms.

  9. That Nordstrom sale is SO dangerous!! I can’t wait to see more pictures of the new house. Good luck on the move this weekend, lady!

  10. Can’t wait to see pictures of you new settled into house! It looks so beautiful. Thanks for the zucchini recipes. Really needed some new ways to cook it.

  11. Could you give me the color of white you’re using in your house? Can’t seem to find it! Thanks.

  12. Ohh! Loved Kitchen House and Nebraska both as well! Thanks for the heads up on that basket I got the navy/natural one! I headed here for your cinnamon oat pancake recipe and got sucked in