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It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a NEW This and ThatToday, we are sharing what’s new on the blog, some fun finds, and what we’ve been up to! Please leave a comment if you have any questions or you just want to say hi, we love hearing from you. Have a wonderful day!


  • The Warriors vs Kings series is wild and I’m glad we got to go to game 1. The arena was loud and it was fun watching them “light the beam.”
  • Baseball games started this week and we are still skiing. Pretty awesome.
  • Our favorite water bottles for sports, travel, and every day.
  • Need a good dinner? Make this.
  • Maxwell read the Crossover book and wanted to watch the new show on Disney+. We started it and so far so good.


  • New this week, the best cookies, the perfect meal, and a fresh spring recipe.
  • We had the best time at the Warriors/Kings game in CA. Playoff basketball is the BEST! I am a little nervous about my Warriors, but Maxwell reminded me it’s ok if they don’t win every year. He said it’s nice to give the other teams a chance to be champions.
  • I am having friends over tonight to watch the game in our basement. I am going to make a fun snack board.
  • Love the detail on this dress.
  • How to set the table!
  • Perfect pants.
  • Rainbow cookies, WOW!
  • Love this bag for summer.
  • Our tulips are slowly coming up. I can’t wait for them to bloom.
  • A great light weight blazer for spring. Comes in stripes too.
  • I am headed to New Orleans on Sunday for a work conference. I’ve never been, any recommendations?
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  1. I absolutely love the variety of topics, and the diversity of the subject matter..thank you sooo much!! I’m sorry 1, and love new ideas on cooking, clothing, and life in general.

  2. Enjoy New Orleans…The restaurants are fantastic..If you have a chance and could get a reservation tryCommanders Palace …

  3. New Orleans is one of my very favorite cities!!! And my favorite restaurant there is Shaya– the best mediterranean food I’ve ever had. It’s outside the French Quarter but worth the trip. Also you can’t miss beignets at cafe du monde 😉

    1. Misremembered it- Shaya is Israeli food. So incredible! Thought of one more: Cochon butcher is delicious also!

  4. The Ruby Slipper Cafe for breakfast/bruch (several locations) in New Orleans is fabulous!
    I made your chocolate chip cookies this week – so yummy!!

  5. You’ll Love New Orleans!
    Areas To See – French Quarter (Royal, Bourbon, Jackson Sq, French Market, Carousel Bar, etc)- very walkable, eclectic shops, art galleries, beautiful architecture, fun day or night.

    Live Music – Get reservations for show at Preservation Hall, enjoy live music on street corners, restaurants & bars day or night, almost daily impromptu parades.

    Tours – Mardi Gras World Museum, World War II Museum, horse/mule carriage ride, ghost tour, self-guided walking tour of gorgeous mansion neighborhoods in the Garden District, convenient hop on & off tour bus goes to many popular sites.

    Food: Huge variety all delicious! Beignets at Cafe Beignet & Cafe Du Monde (open 24hrs), original Muffaletta sandwich from Corner Deli, Pralines, dinner at iconic Commander’s Palace, brunch on a jazz cruise steamboat ride.

    Have fun!

  6. hey y’all- great list! Glad y’all had fun in CA! Here in Oklahoma we have already had tulips come and go. And everyone please pray for people in Oklahoma today. There were Tornados and bad storms yesterday and last night. I think 3 people lost their lives. We live just 10-15 minutes southeast of the one in Shawnee. We just had mostly small hail ( dime size- some quarter and larger) and rain. Thanking God we didn’t have any damage. But praying for the ones affected.

  7. I was in New Orleans recently and had a lovely meal at Jewel of the South. I highly recommend it.

    Other restaurant recommendations from my New Orleans friends that I did not get to try:
    Compère Lapin
    Pêche Seafood Grill
    Paladar 511 (for brunch specifically)

    These are still on my list for next time

  8. We went to New Orleans recently for the Sugar Bowl. I had been there twice before. Love, love, love New Orleans! Do a buggy ride around the French Quarter. It gives you a chance to enjoy the architecture a little more than walking around, which is great also, but looking up and around is fabulous! Also, Sucre, sweets and baked goods. There is one in the French Quarter, but also one in another area we went to. Less traffic getting to the other one and it is very quaint. We did a tour with VIP. Jarrod was a wonderful tour guide. Neat places including a stop at a cemetery. I also saw a wonderful mural with hands in the shape of a heart. (Wish I would have gotten a photo.) And don’t miss gelato at Gelato on Canal and Royal. (Try the affagato!) Have fun!

  9. “I am headed to New Orleans on Sunday for a work conference. I’ve never been, any recommendations? ”

    If you like Oysters, go to Acme. Go to the one in Metairie instead of in the French Quarter. Sit at the Oyster Bar. Get some chargrilled and some raw oysters. An Abita beer to wash them down with, if beer is your thing.

    If you have time for a walking tour, spouse and I have always had great fun with those as well.