June Superlatives

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Here’s the best of the best from Healthy Tipping Point in June 2012.  I’m sure you can guess what my favorite moment of the entire month (err, year!) was – Henry’s birthday!


Happiest Birthday:  Henry’s Birth Story Part I and Part II.  The story of my drug-free, Bradley Method natural childbirth.  I still can’t believe that it actually happened. 


Follow-Up:  Henry’s Second Day of Life


Happiest Birthday, Runner-Up:  Happy Birthday to Operation Beautiful!  The site turned three years old this month – click through to read how I started Operation Beautiful and how the blog has evolved.

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Most Holistic:  Mind and Body After Baby – Week 1.  An honest take on how I felt and looked one week after giving birth.  I can’t believe Henry is there weeks old now – time needs to sloooow down.

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Strong and Steady:  Reader Q&A:  Preventing Injuries.  How a few simple changes to my workout routine stopped the cycle of never-ending injuries and allowed me to actually enjoy running again.


Chewiest:  Coconut Raw Oats.  A simple and tasty breakfast recipe with only a few ingredients and no baking.  What more could one ask for?


Most Pulled Together:  Reader Q&A: Staying Focused.  How to get and stay motivated when you aren’t following a training plan.


Most Nostalgic:  “I Was In The First Ever Girls On the Run!”  A guest post from Sarah, who was part of the first-ever Girls on the Run troop in 1997. 


Tastiest Healthy Dessert: Raspberry Banana Soft Serve. Includes all of two ingredients!


The More, The Merrier:  The Fitteratis (Plus, Plug Your Blog).  I recently won Best Healthy Living Blog award from Fitness Magazine; the post includes links to the other winners’ blogs.  I asked readers to comment with links to their own blogs for others to check out, too – there’s over 230 blogs listed!  Read on.


Simplest Dinner Recipe:  Stuffed ‘Shrooms.  I was the queen of simple recipes this month, huh?  Like Raspberry Banana Soft Serve, this gem only includes two ingredients.  It appears that simple recipes are all I can handle with a newborn!


Best Comments, Ever:  Ride It Out.  I really wasn’t expecting such a wonderful response to this post.  I wrote about my mommy struggles, sleep deprivation, and general feelings of inadequacy post-birth, and the support and advice just poured in.  All new mommas (and dads) should read the comments!  I was so thankful for the response; it really helped me get through the initial newborn crush.


Smelliest (or Not):  How Natural Deodorant Works.  A post about how conventional and natural deodorant works at stopping sweat and stink.


Most Baggage:  Traveling for Races.  A look at the advantages and disadvantages to traveling for races. Fun fact: The furthest that I’ve traveled for an event is 2,444 miles.  I flew from Orlando, Florida to Napa Valley, California for the Echelon Gran Fondo Century Bike Race (100 Miles).

Here’s to hoping July is filled with baby smiles, more sleep, and a return to fitness!  For more Superlatives:




  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 4, 2012, 8:07 am

    Soo…. June was kinda a big deal in the HTP house! 😉 Congrats on an amazing month Caitlin. I’ve loved reading all of these posts!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats July 4, 2012, 8:29 am

    I still dont get how your soft serve was so thick! I made banana in the food processor and it was fairly liquidy! And henry is definitely the highlight of the year here on HTP!

    • Caitlin July 4, 2012, 2:24 pm

      Did you freeze the bananas first?

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 4, 2012, 10:15 am

    June was definitely a big month for you 😀

  • Jocelyn July 4, 2012, 11:05 am

    Oh my gosh Caitlin. It’s official I read too many blogs. I had a dream last night that you had this huge reveal today with a new birth story surprise that you actually had twins. Henry and joe. That is amazing and it played out like a video in my dream. How funny. Anyways congrats on the one baby he looks amazing. And I am positive you are doing an amazing job.

    • Caitlin July 4, 2012, 2:23 pm

      hahah great dream 🙂

  • Suzanne July 4, 2012, 11:27 am

    What a WONDERFUL post!

    I love recaps

  • Terese July 4, 2012, 6:27 pm

    Sounds like you’re bragging with your “drug free Bradley Method” birth story comment. NOT something to be proud of or point out considering many, many woman are unable to do or afford what you’ve had. Just saying. Kinda bugged me bad.

    • CaitlinHTP July 4, 2012, 6:54 pm

      I am extremely proud of my natural birth; it took a lot of effort and preparation on my part. There is nothing wrong with me being proud of it, I have never said my birth experience was better than someone else’s.

      I don’t see why people can’t ‘afford’ a natural birth – it’s cheaper than getting an epidural or a c-section, and you can buy a Bradley book for about $15.

      And saying that I’m proud of my birth is not a commentary on your birth experience, if you had a different experience. I do find it interesting when people get worked up about me being joyful about my birth experience; it makes me wonder if they were not happy with theirs.

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 4, 2012, 8:08 pm

    Pretty sure the only June superlative you need is Henry’s birth. Kinda trumps anything (not that the other stuff isn’t awesome, too!) 😛

  • Samantha July 5, 2012, 11:45 am

    I am so in love with that picture of you three on Henry’s birthday. The Husband’s face is worth 1,000+ words.

  • Stephanie July 6, 2012, 1:51 am


    This article totally reminded me of your naked face project! henry is adorable!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 7, 2012, 10:03 pm

    Just made banana soft serve tonight, but I’ll have to give your raspberry version a go ASAP 🙂

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