This and That


  • On Memorial Day, we took the boys fishing. We didn’t catch any fish, but the boys loved it. They can’t wait to go again.
  • Ranch on pizza, yes or no? I vote no.
  • I am thinking about getting one of these since we are spending a lot of time outside.
  • Very impressive.
  • The boys had crazy hair day at school this week (via Zoom) and I think they should keep this look going.


  • New this week, the perfect summer salad, a simple salad that goes great with any meal, AND a new cookie recipe that you HAVE to try. Hint, if you love my chocolate banana bread, you will LOVE the cookies:)
  • Fun floral skirt. Love this dress too!
  • Our peonies are in full bloom and I have been picking fresh bouquets every morning. Fresh flowers are my favorite!
  • This looks too good to be true!
  • Tomorrow is the last day of school! I don’t know who is more excited, the boys or ME? Home schooling was not my favorite, but we survived! Now, we have to figure out how to entertain the boys all summer while still social distancing. I think we will create a summer bucket list this weekend! Any fun ideas?
  • LOVE this before and after.
  • The ultimate summer reading guide!
  • The prettiest skirt and it is comfortable too!
  • I watched Sweet Magnolias on Netflix and loved it. A cute and fun show!
  • I love using this in the summer.
  • The boys are loving these right now! I have enjoyed a few too:)
  • I plan on using this to stay organized and motivated.
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  1. Love the summer booklist idea! Can you also share one for the boys? I have 2 young elementary age boys also and would love book ideas.

  2. hey y’all- great list! Love the pic of the boys- cute! and those peonies are so pretty- I sometimes like pizza dipped in ranch -so tasty!

  3. Thanks for making each Thursday a little more fun with your This and That posts. I’m a literacy coach for a K-5 elementary school. One of my new responsibilities this spring was to support teachers with eLearning. I was wondering how schools can make this better for families. Since you mentioned you didn’t love home schooling, I was wondering if you have advice for teachers as we plan eLearning lessons for the fall. It’s so important for us to know the parents’ perspectives. Thanks for any suggestions you can provide.

    1. I didn’t mean to complain, it was just a lot on top of working from home, etc. Our teachers were excellent and did so much to make the transition easy and fun for the kids. It is just hard to teach your own children. They don’t always like to listen to mom and dad, especially at home with lots of distractions:) We did our best!

  4. Love Caleb’s shirt! And yay for school being over! We have a few weeks left here, trying to make it through! lol!