November Superlatives

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Yeah – I know.  It’s December 10.  Better late than never, right? Here’s the best from HTP in November 2011:


Packed with Puns:  In the Oven, our corny but sweet baby announcement.  Also – most commented on post, ever!  Thank you so much for the well-wishes.  It meant a lot to us.


Most Helpful:  How to Open a Pomegranate (Without Ruining Your Shirt).  If you’ve ever opened a pomegranate, you know how messy it can be!  However, there’s a little trick that makes the entire process much more pleasant.  Runner-up:  Freezing Brown Rice 101


Most Emotional:  All the Baby Details.  I really loved sharing the clips of the video of breaking the news to the Husband.  Whenever I am sad, I re-watch that video and smile so big!


Post that Encourages Online Shopping:  My Favorite Things 2011.  A complete list of my favorite holiday gifts, including a metal display, an indoor bike trainer, and a few great books.


Tastiest Recipe:  Breakfast Scramble Quiche.  I forgot all about this recipe!  I need to make it again ASAP – it’s so tasty and perfect for chilly winter mornings.


Most Versatile:  The Magic Soap.  Describes many handy uses for Dr. Bronner’s, an all-natural soap.


Best for Balance:  I Need a Training Plan, which introduces the idea of a ‘blank’ training plan – awesome for anyone who needs a lot of motivation but minimal pressure.


Best Discussion:  Just Me, which addressed whether the recent Endurance Magazine cover that featured Operation Beautiful – and me in on my bike – was Photoshopped.

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Most Inspiring When You Just Can’t Muster Up the Energy to Run:  Running Inspiration. Enough said!


Best Pregnancy Discussions:  Food Rules and Pregnancy and Giving Up the Java (While Pregnant), both of which explain my panic-free pregnancy mindset.

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Bring on 2012!



  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 10, 2011, 1:17 pm

    Your superlatives got me thinking, and I don mt know if you’ve talked about this yet, but a good post topic could be about deciding whether or not to raise your child as a vegetarian. I’d love to hear your opinions and I’m sure it would make for an interesting discussion!

    • Celia December 10, 2011, 1:30 pm

      @Katie @ Peace Love and Oats: That would be an interesting post. My parents were vegetarian when I was born and they did raise me as a vegetarian. I have actually never in my life eaten meat! I do however think it is an interesting question.

      • Caitlin December 10, 2011, 5:26 pm

        @Celia: Oh yes – definitely need to address this. I have strong opinions on it!!! But not maybe what you would expect.

  • Sarah December 10, 2011, 3:07 pm

    I missed the whole photoshop discussion, and after reading through the post & comments I just had to commend you for the way you handle controversy on your blog. Seriously, you manage to be mature and respectful, and rather than dismiss negativity as the work of “haters,” you actually take the time to give considered responses…I think that’s pretty rare in the blog world – keep it up!

    • Caitlin December 10, 2011, 5:27 pm

      @Sarah: Thanks Sarah – I appreciate that. I really do value healthy discussion!

    • Libby December 12, 2011, 4:04 am


      Caitlin, I am new to your blog but I wanted to introduce myself and let you know how much I love love love your writing style and the totally friendly vibe!

      I was wondering about the evolution of your blog… did it form just as an off-shoot of operation beautiful?

      Looking forward to tuning in!

      • CaitlinHTP December 12, 2011, 8:49 am

        @Libby: Hi there!

        Actually, HTP was first, in June 2008, and OB was an offshoot of HTP, in July 2009. 🙂

  • Kat December 10, 2011, 3:22 pm

    Caitlin, I have been reading your blog forever and just caught up on the last bunch of posts. I wanted to give you a tip for James.

    I have an adopted rescue Staffie (staffordshire bull terrier). We have been using a “tie-down” method for years so that she learns to stay in her bed/ place. Here is more info:

    Basically, you can put James’s bed next to your nightstand, tuck him in with a blanket or whatever he likes, and attached the tie down to the night stand and his collar. My dog has plenty of ability to move around, but we dont have to worry about her getting up in the middle of the night to pee on the floor (our main concern with her). We have never had any issues health wise and she has gotten so much more comfortable in her bed. She doesnt need it much anymore. Good luck. Feel free to email me if you have any more questions! I know how difficult dog training/ management can be!

    Congrats on your pregnancy!!! You look great.

    • Caitlin December 10, 2011, 5:27 pm

      @Kat: Oh this is a great idea. We will definitely consider this. So far he has stayed in his own bed in our bedroom pretty well.

  • Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. December 10, 2011, 3:29 pm

    I just watched your baby reveal video – oh my gracious how precious and special that you have it on tape! Any amazing month for you and the blog for sure!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 10, 2011, 4:19 pm

    I really love how you do superlatives–so fun to check out the ‘greatest’ posts! Congrats on the baby, again!!

  • katie @ KatieDid December 10, 2011, 4:56 pm

    You cover such a variety of topics on your blog, I absolutely love it! Very great month on HTP I have to say.

  • Sarah December 10, 2011, 11:18 pm

    I have to say…it was your post on how to open a pomegranate that got me to buy one and use your method to get all the lovely yummies out.

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