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1. We love cereal and whenever there is a good deal we stock up. By stock up, I mean we buy 100’s of boxes. This week we restocked our cereal shelves. It feels good to have a solid supply again. Yeah for cheap cereal!

2. This was my favorite Super Bowl commercial. What was your favorite? I missed a bunch because I was chasing Caleb around.

3. We signed up for a Netflix account and have been watching shows on our computer screen. I got tired of watching on the tiny screen so while Caleb and I were out running errands yesterday we happened to buy an Apple TV. It is awesome! Any Netflix recommendations for us?

4. Here is a picture from the mountains this week. This is why I love Salt Lake City.


1. My birthday was on Tuesday and Caleb gave me the best gift, he started walking! Actually, I don’t know if that is a gift or a curse..ha! He is all over the place. I posted a video on Vine-come follow me at TwoPeasandPod!

2.  I’ve had the best birthday week! Josh took me out for a surprise birthday dinner date and spoiled me with gifts from Anthropologie. My dad also sent me birthday flowers. My guys sure know how to spoil me! I am a lucky gal! Oh-and my friend gave me the Bouchon Bakery cookbook. It’s beautiful! The only problem-every time I open it I start craving desserts. ๐Ÿ™‚


3. Speaking of desserts, our friend Janette made me a beautiful birthday cake. She used The Pionner Woman’s carrot cake recipe. Highly recommend it!

4. I could easily eat a dozen of these Mini German Pancakes. Too cute!


5. Chobani came out with some exciting new products and flavors! Pear and banana flavors, Chobani Bites-Raspberry Dark Chocolate and Coffee Dark Chocolate, and Chobani Champions squeezable yogurt tubes! We are loving them all! Look for them at the grocery store! And grab a coupon before you shop. Yay for CHO!

6. I’ve been craving this cake since the moment I laid eyes on it. I am blaming my birthday. All I want to do is eat cake!


7. Have you seen the new Inspiration Board site? It’s so fun! You can create inspiration boards for free! All you have to do is create an account. You can share your boards or keep them private. I created my first board-of course it’s all about cookies:) There is a fun launch party going on this week. Check it out and start creating your boards!

8. PB & J Donuts-I’ll take a dozen!

9. My work uniform is pj’s and yoga pants, but I love this office look. Maybe someday I will dress up to bake cookies:)

10. Next week we are headed to Deer Valley for a ski vacation with Kevin and Amanda! We are so excited. I will be honest though, I am a little nervous. I don’t ski. I know I live in Utah and should embrace the powder, but I don’t like the cold and have only been skiing twice. Well, I am taking private ski lessons and I am determined to learn so I can keep up with my guys. I know Josh is going to have Caleb on skis next year, so now is my chance to learn! And don’t worry, we will be doing more than skiing at Deer Valley. You know when Amanda and I get together good food is sure to be involved and Deer Valley has amazing food! We will be posting photos on Instagram, so make sure you are following!


11. Caleb is obsessed with Despicable Me and the Minions and look what my friend Marie made-the CUTEST Despicable Me 2 Valentines! You can download the Valentine’s here. There are 4 different Minion cards that you can cut out and add suckers to. I can’t wait to give Caleb his special Valentine!



And in case you haven’t heard, Despicable Me 2 is coming to theaters Summer 2013! Visit the Official Website, like Despicable Me on Facebook and follow on Twitter #DespicableMe2. Caleb doesn’t know there is another Minion movie coming out, but if he did he would already be begging to watch it:) I know we will be seeing it this summer!

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  1. awwwwwwwwwww! I love that he is walking! I seriously cannot wait for us to get the two peanuts together. I have a feeling they’re going to be best friends. What a great birthday week you’ve had. How awesome are all of the Chobani products? I’m addicted to the banana. Kaylin loves them all too. She is even eating the fig/orange

  2. I love my Bouchon book but your right, its super tempting! Wow that’s a lot o’ cereal, it must last a lonnng time ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Netflix is pretty much the way we watch TV these days. My recommendations: Burn Notice, Battlestar Galactica, Sherlock (I<3 both the latest BBC ones w/Benedict Cumberbatch and the older ones w/Jeremy Brett), Dollhouse, Firefly…I better stop for now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

  4. You must watch Sherlock! If you like stand-up, Ben Bailey: Road Rage and Accidental Ornithology is hilarious. Also, I think The Artist is on Instant…good excuse to watch a surprisingly engaging silent film.

    1. We have a special storage place just for cereal:) I know we are crazy! Come ski with us at Deer Valley:)

  5. Kevin and Amanda party!! Then you all will be hanging out at the BYB conference on Sat. right?! Can’t wait to meet them and see you guys again. And I had no idea there was another Despicable Me. YES!

  6. i, also, have only been skiing 2x. and dh is determined to get dd on skis, SOON!!! (he grew up skiing – she’s 2.5 now, so i think it’ll be next year!)
    my 2nd trip was a couple years ago to deer valley – loved it. we ate at Reef’s. the food was SO GOOD!!! it’s a little pricey, but SOOOOO good! just wanted to recommend it to y’all. it was our favorite place of all the places we ate! have a great time!

  7. My birthday was a few weeks ago and my SIL made me the Rum Soaked Cake from the Bouchon Bakery cookbook. It was fantastic, the best texture made with almond flour. Good luck with your skiing lessons. My kids love it, I have only been once and it didn’t go so well!

  8. Can’t wait to follow your Deer Valley trip! And we love Chobani! Yay for new products! Our son loves Despicable Me too! The Valentines are adorable. I can’t wait to print them. Hurry up summer so we can see the movie!

  9. Hope you birthday was amazing! And have so much fun on your vaca! At the very least you can hole up and eat their turkey chili all day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. We have had Netflix for a couple years & really enjoy it. Currently watching a new series House of Cards (adult entertainment) and old Dirty Jobs shows. Doc Martin series is good if you like British humor. We are retired and it is our main entertainment source and you get a lot for the price. We don’t get discs in the mail, stream it.

  11. I love your cookie board! I really need a soft chewy cookie to sink my teeth into now…The red velvet ones look especially good. Those are red velvet, right?

  12. Your birthday sounded fabulous. I’m obsessed with Anthropologie, carrot cake, and I also have the Bouchon Bakery cookbook. It’s huge and gorgeous. I can’t decide what to make first! You can’t go wrong with any of the Chobani products you’ve listed. We’ve tried them all and love every one! Have fun skiing.

  13. We really enjoyed Heartland on Netflix. Canadian series about a teenage girl who is a horse whisperer. Nice family style entertainment. Also 24 if you haven’t see it ..not sure if you can stream that.

  14. So excited to hear about Chobani’s latest flavors โ€” pear, banana, and dark chocolate coffee?! YUM!

    Thanks for sharing the SLC photo. I got to visit my sister, who lives there, this summer, and I almost did not want to leave it was so beautiful!

  15. Hi,

    Got your pot it about Netflix. I highly reccomend watching Red Dog, I love it. Hide Away is another immotional Netflix to check out. Enjoy!

  16. I’m so glad you had such a great birthday!

    I’ve got tons of Netflix recommendations. We just signed up too! Here’s a two to begin.

    – Queen of Versailles
    – Mansome

    I’m sort of on a documentary streak.

  17. THAT cake looks amazing! I have not stopped thinking about it either and Rosie posted a sneak peek of a another version on instagram!!!

    Also I am so excited from Despicable Me 2, too! I love that movie!