This and That


1.  This is really funny about gyms.

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2. I have some bad news. I tore my MCL while I was skiing on Saturday.  We are hoping there is no ACL or meniscus damage. I am on crutches and I have a huge brace on my leg. It’s been tough getting around, but Caleb has been a big help.

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3. This was the view from the day I tore my MCL. It was a great day until I was injured. I really hope I heal soon. I don’t want to miss out on ski season!

4. I’m pretty bummed the Chiefs lost last week. Now I am cheering for the Panthers, Patriots, and Chargers.


1. I am currently obsessed with the show Property Brothers on HGTV. Have you seen it? I started watching it over the holidays and now I am hooked. They turn fixer upper homes into dream homes! I am always impressed with the outcome. They have great style. I want the Property Brothers to build us our dream home. Someday:)

2. I will never get tired of this salad.

3. I don’t paint my nails that often because I hate that the nail polish chips in 24 hours. I like having pretty polished nails, but it’s not worth the effort if they are going to look horrid in a day. Any tips on keeping nail polish from chipping? Share your beauty secrets with me!

4. I am having a major carb craving for this Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread.

5. Free Printable 2014 Calendar. I already printed mine! I like to plan my life the old fashioned way. I can’t keep my schedule on the computer. I like to be able to jot down notes and make changes in pencil.

6. Josh got me this bracelet for Christmas and I am loving it! A little bling makes me happy!

7. We are starting to plan our 2014 travel adventures. We really want to go back to Hawaii. We went to Maui last year and LOVED it. Should we choose a new island or go back to Maui. Any suggestions?

8. 16 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year. I haven’t read any of these books. I better get busy because I always like to read the book before I see the movie.

9. I need this veggie burger in my life.

10. And finally, do you want us to continue on with our This and That posts in 2014? Do you like them or are we just boring you to death? Please let us know! Thanks!

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  1. I love getting this!! I do agree, though, that I wish there were pictures instead of links. Like for food, recipes, or jewelry. But I will read it regardless. I also like how both of you write a post, not just one of you.

  2. I love the “This and That” posts. Please keep them coming! And I’d love for you to share all the tips you get for keeping nail polish on!

  3. I love This and That as long as you enjoy doing it!! Sorry to hear Josh got injured! I hope he can be back on the trails soon. Maria love your recipes. We are vegetarians too! But so sorry we can not get used to quinoa. We have tried so many times and just doesn’t work for us. In those recipes we do brown rice. Love watching Caleb grow!. Keep everything you are doing! You have one of the best blogs available.

  4. I really love the Sinful Colors line of nail polish (I get it at Target) — it’s cheap and honestly I think it’s one of the more long-lasting brands. I plan nail-painting around cleaning — I just wait until I likely won’t be doing much cleaning for the next few days ๐Ÿ™‚ That might be less practical for a food blogger and mother of a toddler than it is for me though!

  5. I LOVE, LOVE the Property Brothers too! I love the vision they have – I can’t see those possibilities in the homes– until they finish and WOW.
    We went to Hawaii (23 years ago) and love the big island – very interesting terrain from one side to the other.
    Feel better Josh.

  6. Yes, please do continue with “This and That.” If I’m busy (or get bored), I can always delete an email and the ones not wanting to receive it can do the same if they want to keep receiving recipes. Love reading your little thoughts, ills, and triumphs, not to mention the yummy recipes! Hope Josh gets a good report on his knee!

  7. I keep my nails real short so the polish lasts longer. It does help to have a base coat and finishing off with a top coat. I have done the shellac nails for a few months and then decided to take a break. It tools a few months for my nails to recover, they kept peeling.
    Kauai is a must!
    I enjoy This and That!

  8. I love these posts! for nails do shellac- doesnt chip for a week at least, and lasts up to 2 wks! ill never get a regular manicure again. plus no drying time!!!!! the best ever.

  9. I really like your This and That posts! Please carry on with them ๐Ÿ™‚ hope Josh gets better soon!

  10. I love the article on the 16 books to read before they hit theaters. I added about 16 books to my wish list ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I enjoy reading This & That. Please continue. Try using Seche Vite top coat (and base coat). I never liked to paint my nails because the polish would always chip. This is the best thing to prevent my polish from chipping. I can wash rice and it keeps my polish from chipping. Love it!

  12. I thoroughly enjoy the This and That and all your posts. I REALLY like this book to movie guide. I read the Monuments Men and LOVED it and cannot wait for the movie. Congratulations on your news!!!

  13. We love this and that. Keep it. We went to O
    Oahu in October and loved it but it was more touristy and reminded me a lot of Southern California. But the Polynesian cultural center was amazing and worth the trip. We had a great time.

  14. I like the this and that posts. They are fun to read and offer a lot of good
    information. Please keep doing these.
    Thank you,

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