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I bribed the dogs for direct eye contact with carrots.  Hah.


How’s your Friday going? We are having an easy, breezy day so far – but now I’m sitting at the computer, preparing to bang out some work.


We spent the morning at the mall.  Not to buy anything, but just to walk around with our friend Julie.  Henry was very excited to see her!  The first thing he said was, “Where’s your doggie?”  Julie + Sadie usually come as a pair.  <3 


Afterwards, we stopped by Whole Foods (I desperately need coffee creamer!), and I picked up this yummy cookie for Henry to munch on… I had a bite.  It’s good.


And here’s lunch…


I’ve gotten back into doing lentils in the crockpot. It’s so easy and low fuss.  I just dump in a bunch, cover the lentils with water (no measuring), sprinkle some curry powder and garlic powder in, and set it for 3 hours on low.  That’s it.  So simple and really good.


Question of the Day…


If you could have a personal trainer, a personal chef, a maid, OR a personal assistant, which would you choose and why?



  • Jolene ( August 8, 2014, 2:43 pm

    Your dogs are so adorable!!

    My Friday is going fabulously!! I’m lucky to be on holidays all summer, so I didn’t “have” to do anything today. I ran a couple errands though, and will be taking my sweetheart out for lunch as soon as he’s off work, around 1:30. Then we’re helping friends get ready for their wedding tomorrow!

    To answer your question, I suppose I would pick the personal trainer, because I think that’s the only one of those I’d ever want. I think I’d work out a lot harder if I had a trainer.

  • Breanne August 8, 2014, 2:49 pm

    Personal chef for sure. I have a strong workout routine and plenty of fitness inclined friends that keep it fresh enough and I don’t mind cleaning. But meal prepping??? I would so much prefer someone else do it. 🙂

  • Laura @SheEatsWell August 8, 2014, 2:55 pm

    Personal trainer for sure! I love cooking too much to give that up. Love crock pot lentils especially in the winter! Maybe with some nutritional yeast on top too!

  • Katie August 8, 2014, 3:01 pm

    Personal Chef no question!!! Of course I am a yoga sculpt instructor, so that does factor in.

  • Kristin August 8, 2014, 3:10 pm

    I love your crockpot lentils idea – so simple! I’d definitely have a maid. I HATE cleaning and am so bad at it. My husband had to give me a lesson in properly scrubbing the stovetop yesterday. Doh.

  • Beks August 8, 2014, 3:13 pm

    Maid. I hate cleaning. I love cooking, can look up workouts online, and I don’t do enough to warrant a personal assistant.

  • Nicole @ Squash on Squash August 8, 2014, 3:18 pm

    Definitely definitely a maid! Cleaning is one of those things I could do without in life. I know some people find it calming and relaxing, but I would rather spend that time working out or cooking something interesting 🙂
    Great question!

  • Lyndsey August 8, 2014, 3:20 pm

    Personal Maid, preferably one that could come every day and suck up the never ending dog hair 🙂

  • katie August 8, 2014, 3:23 pm

    Personal chef for sure. I get so stressed out by cooking and planning meals.

  • Bree August 8, 2014, 3:26 pm

    I would definitely have to choose the chef! I having nothing that would really need assisting, I actually enjoy doing house work/cleaning, and most times you can find workouts to do online/video now(plus you cant transform your body in a day so it would feel like a wasted wish to me). The food is where it’s at! yum! 😉

  • Rachel August 8, 2014, 3:30 pm

    I can only choose one!?! I think I’d have to go with a chef b/c that’s the one area where I really struggle. How glorious would it be to *never* have to worry about what you’re going to make for dinner? As evidence, I submit to you yesterday’s lunch: 4 spicy pickle slices, a cup of coffee, string cheese and 4 oreos. 🙁

    • Caitlin August 8, 2014, 3:31 pm

      Hahah your lunch made me laugh. 🙂 Sometimes I have dinners like that…

  • Amanda August 8, 2014, 4:06 pm

    Fun question – I really would like all of them except for the personal assistant (not THAT busy or disorganized), but I would pick maid given the fact that we have 2 dogs and the hair is outta control!!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs August 8, 2014, 4:10 pm

    I think I’d go with a Maid — no cleaning sounds pretty amazing!

  • Janelle @whollyhealthy August 8, 2014, 4:16 pm

    I have to say maid. I hate cleaning!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed August 8, 2014, 4:17 pm

    A maid! Someone pleeeeease come clean my house for me lol. Maybe one day… a girl can dream 🙂

    • Live Love Yum August 9, 2014, 1:10 am

      ALL! Jeez – great question – how to choose?

      a) Personal Trainer – to get my butt in gear strength-wise. I’m fine when it comes to my cardio/running plan but whenever I say I’ll hit the gym for core or strength-work…I somehow end up on the couch with pieces (yes, pieces) of cake.

      b) Personal chef – yes, I could cook if I had the time (excuse: read lazy) but I get overwhelmed with what is “right” to eat sometimes. I’d get a chef to cook the perfect combos and portion sizes.

      c) Assistant – yes please: pay my bills, clean my house (can they do it?), de-clutter, organize my days…probably schedule in cooking and training time so might be the best option really 🙂

  • Monica August 8, 2014, 4:45 pm

    I think I’d have to go for a maid. It would have to be a full-time maid, though, that did all the housework. That way I’d be freed up to work out on my own!

  • Traci August 8, 2014, 6:22 pm

    Scanning through the comments it seems that most people are saying personal chef! I actually WOULDN’T want that–I love cooking! I would absolutely go with a personal trainer. I’d like to keep the one I have, actually, the one that I can only afford sometimes. I pay for sessions as often as I can and value them.

  • Kate August 8, 2014, 7:13 pm

    I will have to try the crock pot lentils. Last time I made them on the stovetop they burned :(. While maid sounds incredible, having a personal trainer would give me so much more motivation to get fit.

  • Emily August 8, 2014, 8:53 pm

    Definitely a personal maid. I don’t usually have a hard time doing a workout or training schedule on my own, and I love cooking, but I don’t love cooking 😀

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 8, 2014, 9:08 pm

    A maid, hands down! I HATE clutter and have to live in a clean space so it’d be nice to have someone else who could clean it for me. Their job won’t be too hard but will keep me from having to do the hands and knees scrubbing! 😉

  • Jacquelynn August 8, 2014, 9:17 pm

    After the 3 hours in the slow cooker, do the lentils need drained? Or does all the liquid get absorbed? I want to try this!

    • Caitlin August 9, 2014, 9:01 am

      It gets all absorbed!

  • Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) August 9, 2014, 7:49 am

    Oh, I’ll have to give that cooking method a try with the lentils! I went through a spurt where I was eating lentils several times a week…they’re so delicious and healthy (and CHEAP!)

  • Jenny August 9, 2014, 11:41 am

    Hands down, a personal maid! My husband is really messy and I’m not much better…though I try! With as any hours as we work, it would be nice to not have to clean the house 🙂

  • LauraZ in CO August 9, 2014, 6:15 pm

    I’d pick the chef. I’d love to have food ready at set times. It would make my life heaven!

  • Casey August 9, 2014, 10:30 pm

    A maid! Is this a giveaway? Does someone win this?!? 😉

    • Caitlin August 10, 2014, 3:34 pm

      Haha I WISH.

  • Lee August 10, 2014, 8:57 am

    Maid for sure. I hate cleaning and my house is always messy.

  • Orla August 10, 2014, 9:01 am

    Personal Trainer definitely. I love being pushed in workouts and exercise sessions. a cleaner woudl quit after the first day. I am so particular about cleaning anyway that they would have me following them telling them they aren’t doing it right and I am the oddest eater that i can’t cope with other people cooking for me. Even when we eat out I swear the chefs are cursing me as I can’t just order what is on the menu. Always has to have a tweak/

  • Mona August 10, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Definitely a personal chef – I’m not good at cooking, or keeping it up for too long. It would be nice to have someone cook all the healthy food for me!

  • Kristen August 11, 2014, 9:44 am

    Awww- puppy pictures! I miss seeing Maggie- how old is she now? She is SO stinking cute.

    • Caitlin August 11, 2014, 3:57 pm

      She is 10 in 4 days!!!

  • Ashley August 11, 2014, 12:42 pm

    I am OBSESSED with those Liz Lovely cookies! Haven’t tried that flavor though, YUM!

  • Michele August 11, 2014, 9:53 pm

    It’s a tough choice between personal chef and personal trainer but I think I would have to go with the personal chef. If I had someone cooking me delicious healthy meals I think life would be so much easier!

  • Ruby Leigh September 3, 2014, 2:51 pm

    Maid! for sure. I hates cleaning. I had a personal trainer (granted once a week) and really never fully appreciated it. I love to cook, and other than not cleaning I’m generally good at organizing.

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