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We are rapidly reaching the point of an empty fridge.  There’s no milk, almond milk, or half and half (so I’m drinking black coffee – ugh), and we’re running quite low on fruits and veggies. I think a trip to the store is in order!


I did pull together a semi-decent breakfast:


I reheated leftover Almond Pancakes and paired them with a banana and POM Wonderful arials.


I think the best way to reheat frozen pancakes is to pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then lightly toast them. 


When I decided to start blogging in June 2008, the first thing I did (literally, even before setting up the blog) was go to Marshall’s and buy cute plates.  This heart plate was one of my first purchases.  🙂


Top Holiday Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic or Foodie in Your Life


Struggling over your Holiday Gift List?  Here’s a list of my favorite foodie/fitness gifts for the active person in your life!


In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan – $10

SpiBelt – $19.99  (Read my review of the SpiBelt here)


RoadID – $20 to $25


CamelBak Hydration Pack – Ladies Fit – $38

CamelBak Charm Hydration Pack - 50 oz. - Women's

Yogitoes Skidless Yoga Towel/Mat – $69

Garmin Forerunner 305 – $149

Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor Gift Certificate – Any Value

spa_massage_masthead Gift Certificate – Any Value

Variety pack picture (3)

What is the biggest item on your holiday wish list?  What gifts do you plan on giving?  I would like a sparkly piece of jewelry (hint, hint Husband). 



  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 17, 2009, 8:18 am

    I love that heart plate – every time you use it I think it’s just so cute! Great gift ideas!

  • Katherine November 17, 2009, 8:22 am

    Great gift ideas!! I’m also hoping for gift cards to Target and Lululemon so I can buy some new workout clothes 🙂

  • Mica November 17, 2009, 8:23 am

    Thanks for the suggestions!

    I haven’t really put anything big on my Christmas list yet? I’m asking for a lot of doggy supplies since Frenchie friend will be joining me just after New Years!

  • Kristie Lynn November 17, 2009, 8:23 am

    Hehe I love the hint at the end of that.

    Honestly, the husband and I are really trying to petition the family for just $$ this year because we really, really want to pay off a ridiculously high interest credit card we have. If it weren’t for that, though, I would ask for a juicer.

    We’re planning on giving out framed wedding pictures for a lot of our family, and waiting on getting wish lists from the siblings so we know what they would like. Thank goodness we ordered and paid for the pictures in August! 😛

  • Lee November 17, 2009, 8:23 am

    The Garmin is only $149 now?! Man, I paid like $300 for that a couple years ago.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 17, 2009, 8:30 am

    I love the list of gifts, I think I need all of those, ha ha!

    I was just thinking about how cute your plates were when you said that. Is your countertop black? I really like how it makes the plate stand out. Mine are white and beige. I need new plates too, guess that’s going on the Christmas list 😉

    • caitlin November 17, 2009, 8:41 am

      yes, we have black countertops, which is not only great for making plates pop, but it is also highly effective for hiding crumbs 🙂

  • SweetiePotato November 17, 2009, 8:31 am

    awesome gift ideas… i think i’ll forward this to my lovely family 😉 hehehe

  • Jolene ( November 17, 2009, 8:34 am

    I have a bunch of books on my list – mostly all food related!!!

    Have you read “Survival of the Sickest?” I would really recommend it! I have read all of Michael Pollen’s book, and basically any non-fiction book that is about food (besides diet books, although I have read a few of those).

    This year for Christmas I want clothes, glo-bars, more chia seeds, amazing grass, and some books 🙂 My mother in law thinks I am weird when I ask for food for Christmas. I used to always ask for pickles and babybel cheese!!

  • Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) November 17, 2009, 8:35 am

    LOVE the gift list.. my mom keeps asking me what the hub and I want.. Im going to pass this along. I keep saying money but thats boring. (although necessary!) lol

  • Karla November 17, 2009, 8:38 am

    The BF always gets me jewelry for every holiday/birthday/anniversary. I’m sort of over it, because I feel like I need to wear it all the time and I hardly ever wear jewelry! The grass is always greener on the other side, right?

    But I hope you get something sparkly!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) November 17, 2009, 8:42 am

    Those are great ideas! I think you gave me some ideas to add to my Christmas LIST too haha!

  • Allison November 17, 2009, 8:48 am

    I want some cold weather running gear!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) November 17, 2009, 8:51 am

    My list is full of running accessories including a Garmin. It’s hard to justify spending money on certain things so getting them as a gift is perfect! Since I am broke, I plan to knit my ass off so I can give some scarves out. Thoughtful yet cheap.

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans November 17, 2009, 8:52 am

    A Garmin and a new camera are at the top of my Christmas list!

  • Britt - Runnerbelle November 17, 2009, 8:52 am

    Great list!! I want a garmin forerunner!

    Wishing you something sparkly!

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers November 17, 2009, 8:54 am

    oh i definitely want that book!
    my xmas list has a portable DVD player, food processor & running tights on it!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 17, 2009, 8:55 am

    I love your gift ideas! I think my dad would LOVE a garmin. Top of my list this year is a new camera and a plane ticket to go see my college roomies. I miss them tons!

  • Jenny November 17, 2009, 8:56 am

    Love the list! I may have to refer Colorhungry boyfriend to it. I had to break it to him last night that appliances aren’t really the sort of gift one’s girlfriend wants to receive for Christmas or her birthday unless she specifically requests it(Lucky me. My birthday is December 28th).

  • Brynne November 17, 2009, 9:01 am

    This is a great list Caitlin! I’m definitely passing this on to my family.

  • Runeatrepeat November 17, 2009, 9:01 am

    I have been hinting for a SLR camera and a juicer. But I don’t know if that’s going to happen…

  • Leah @ L4L November 17, 2009, 9:01 am

    My fiance and I are just doing stockings for each other to save $$$ so I am filling it with little stuff like a desk calendar, his favorite candy, a Men’s Health magazine, etc.

    For our families, we have thought of some pretty good, inexpensive gifts to get them that we know they would like without thinking they are chinsy.

    If money were no object, I’d want an SLR, a vacation, or custom fit running shoes. 😀

  • Nicole November 17, 2009, 9:02 am

    Although it’s not fair that it has to be on my Christmas list this year, the most expensive item I’m asking for is a new camera. Mine just stopped working out of nowhere about a month ago which has made blogging and sight seeing in our new city very difficult. Dennis wants a Wii, and justifies it by saying “But you’d LOVE the Wii Fit!” At least he’s trying to think of me…kind of…lol

  • Stacey November 17, 2009, 9:02 am

    Question about a Garmin. I am definitely thinking about asking my husband for one for Christmas and liked the price I saw on the 305 you posted above. Is there a fee to use the Garmin (monthly or annually) or to use the online community for tracking/recording? Just trying to figure out the actual cost if there are additional fees.


    • caitlin November 17, 2009, 9:04 am

      i havent used any of their online community things, but tracking your distance is free and plugging it into your computer to use the software that comes with the garmin is free, too!

      i really love mine! its a great gift.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 17, 2009, 9:07 am

    You know, I don’t really like reheated pancakes that much.. I mean, let’s not kid ourselves-I’d def eat them- but for some reason they always seem mushy to me.

    For the Christmas list gifts, mine’s a bike or a watch. 🙂

    • Rebekah November 17, 2009, 1:47 pm

      I skip the microwave and put them in the toaster. Toasted pancakes beat toasted bread any day.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite November 17, 2009, 9:11 am

    Those are some of my favorite gifts!!

  • Lindsey @ EatReadRun November 17, 2009, 9:12 am

    A Garmin is at the top of my list! Actually, it’s the only thing on my list. Haha!

  • Kara November 17, 2009, 9:13 am

    Great ideas! I actually put a CamelBak on my Christmas wish list, and got a Garmin for my birthday last month!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises November 17, 2009, 9:14 am

    Oooh – that Garmin is getting very tempting and not too expensive anymore… The camel pack looks like a good possibility too – do you wear it running as well as biking?

    • caitlin November 17, 2009, 9:14 am


  • Mama Pea November 17, 2009, 9:16 am

    You had me until the fanny pack.

    • susan November 17, 2009, 11:38 am

      you stole my comment! that’s exactly what i was going to say! hahahaha

      but this is a great post b/c i have been thinking of healthy living gifts to tell others i want!

    • Still Life in South America November 17, 2009, 7:45 pm


      Ugh…fanny packs are chic in South America. 🙂

  • Evan Thomas November 17, 2009, 9:18 am

    I need to get a list going! Right now the only thing I have on it is maple syrup from my grandparents. They live in Northern Maine and so know where to g the good stuff 🙂

  • Erin November 17, 2009, 9:18 am

    Those are some great ideas — I’ve asked for a whole slew of cookbooks and other foodie/travel things. Not that I have my own house yet… but hopefully soon enough. 😉

  • Katie November 17, 2009, 9:19 am

    i would like one of each of those gifts.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ POUND weight loss! November 17, 2009, 9:31 am


    I wouldn’t mind the SpiBelt too.

  • caronae November 17, 2009, 9:47 am

    I want a Garmin!

  • meagan November 17, 2009, 9:50 am

    i’d love hugger-mugger yoga props–a bolster, blankets and some blocks. yoga is so much better with support!

  • Tracey@tropicalhappiness November 17, 2009, 9:51 am

    A Garmin is definitely on my wish list. I don’t run outside thaaaat much, but I think I’d run more with the Garmin. I am sort of a stat freak, so it would be fun!
    I also need a new blender. And an external hard drive for my computer to store all of my pictures.
    Making Christmas lists are fun! LOL!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 17, 2009, 9:52 am

    I told my husband I wanted a dust buster. He told me that was one of the saddest things he’d ever heard.

  • skinnyrunner November 17, 2009, 9:54 am

    great fitness christmas ideas! love that you touched on a little of everything… energy bars, spa! and some good running things too.

  • tami November 17, 2009, 10:02 am

    how long to the pom ariels last? and do you just keep them in a container in the fridge? i had my first pomegranate last night and I love them

    • caitlin November 17, 2009, 10:17 am

      i think they last a few days in the fridge, but you can freeze them!

  • Susan November 17, 2009, 10:03 am

    I really want a red Kitchen Aid mixer. Love love. And a yoga mat. Doing yoga to the hum of the mixer? Sounds relaxing to me!

    • Rebekah November 17, 2009, 1:49 pm

      You can hint to someone that Kitchenaid stand mixers are on sale at Costco the weekend after Thanksgiving- $50 with coupon.

  • brandi November 17, 2009, 10:19 am

    this year, I just want our trips to happen in February + March, so we’re saving money and not doing gifts, which is nice for a change. We’re making things for family and cutting back on everything else.

  • Dotsie November 17, 2009, 10:23 am

    I love this post!!! Maybe more blogger will follow suit!

    I hope you get you sparkly jewelry!!! teehee! 🙂

  • Caitlin November 17, 2009, 10:26 am

    one of my big gifts was a Keurig but I got that for my bday, so I need to think of something else! (which will be no problem!)

    Hope you get the pretty jewelry you want 😉

  • RhodeyGirl November 17, 2009, 10:38 am

    Nice list! I actually can’t think of a single thing I want for Christmas this year! I just thought of a boring but efficient one… a snowboarding helmet, whoopdedoo haha!

    I don’t know what to get anyone else this year either!! My creativeness has disappeared!

  • Lu November 17, 2009, 10:42 am

    I asked for yoga clothes. Now I’m adding yogitoes to my list. I totally need one of those.

  • Tay November 17, 2009, 11:07 am

    Yup – that’s how I reheat my pancakes too 🙂

    Love the gift list! I have a DSLR on my wish list, but it obviously would be a joint present (and I’d probably pitch in). Or new phone accessories~!

  • Julie @savvyeats November 17, 2009, 11:10 am

    A Garmin and a food processor are at the top of my list. Is it lame that a kitchen appliance ranks so highly?

    • Rebekah November 17, 2009, 1:50 pm

      Not lame at all. I want a Vitamix so bad. My cousin’s wife wants a Cuisinart food processor. It’s a foodie thing, be proud!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion November 17, 2009, 11:15 am

    Great Ideas! A Garmin was at the top of my list, but my fiance splurged and got me one about a month ago (LOVE HIM). So now I want: warming clothes for running outside – I live in Boston and it gets COLD (running tights, warm tops), Black Classic Tall Uggs ( again to keep me warm), a Glow Bakery gift certificate and world peace 😉

  • bec November 17, 2009, 11:16 am

    Thanks for the list! I totaly forgot that I was going to get my parents road ids for christmas and was racking my brains trying to remember yesterday!

  • Traci November 17, 2009, 11:19 am

    Awesome gift ideas, thanks! Can’t beleive the holidays are coming so quick. Road ID’s are the perfect fit for my sisters and parents (part of the gift anyway). All runners. And the Yogitoes mats are perfect for my sis…and ME! Ordering one for myself today :). Haven’t even thought of my wish list let! Just getting through the next 14 days of my 30 Day Bikram Yoga Challenge then I can breathe!

  • Stacey November 17, 2009, 11:58 am

    LOL. What great ideas! I think my boyfriend is finally getting the message that I want a new camera. I wrote the type I want on our dry erase board, and the other day I left a window open on the computer (Best-Buy page) listing all of the cameras and prices they had in stock 😀 He came in the other day and said “Baby, I know you want a camera! You don’t have to hint anymore” HAHA. Hope you get the sparkly peice of jewelry you want!

  • Chrysta November 17, 2009, 12:11 pm

    great suggestions. A spa gift certificate is high on my list! there is nothing like an amazing back massage! I definently would love to get some new sneakers too! And some new workout clothes!

  • Susan November 17, 2009, 12:18 pm

    I reeeeally want a new camera and food processor. That’s it though. I hate the extra junk I get at Christmas.

  • Erin November 17, 2009, 12:21 pm

    Great ideas, except I want all of those for myself! I think the spa massage sounds amazing right. I’m requesting a spa bathrobe from my aunt/grandma from a spa near their house that I went to this summer. I plan on wearing the bathrobe all day after that!

  • Ellen November 17, 2009, 12:26 pm

    Semi-decent breakfast? This is full-on gourmet to me! My wish-list includes a new camera, a faux fur vest, a pair of Frye boots, an iPod…umm yeah..I think I’ll stop there!

  • Jess November 17, 2009, 12:37 pm

    I want quite a few things, which makes me feel greedy. But the top of my list is definitely a road/tri bike. I’m hoping my parents will help me out with buying one because it’s not really optional when doing a 70.3 😉 My little hybrid just isn’t going to cut it this time.

    Otherwise I wouldn’t mind a Garmin, a juicer, a dehydrator, and a Vitamix. Apparently, I have a one-track mind.

  • Foy November 17, 2009, 12:40 pm

    Maybe it’s because I grew up in a house hold with out a lot of money, or because I did Peace Corps, or because I love dinner parties, but I don’t care about gifts. I don’t want to recieve anything and I don’t want to give anything. What I do want to do is have dinner parties. It lookes like we are giving three this holiday season:

    Day after Thanksgiving – Leftover Locals Themed
    December 19th – Potluck Style Wedding Rehersal Dinner
    New Year’s Eve – Southern Italy Themed

    I’m thinking one more, possibly just for the family. Perhaps a Somanan Themed one for my dad, he was stationed there during Vietnam. It would be a cool way to learn about his experiences. His birthday is in January.

    • caitlin November 17, 2009, 12:43 pm

      this is awesome… i love the idea of the themed dinners instead of things. 🙂

  • Lindsay November 17, 2009, 12:40 pm

    I love the heart plate! So cute!

    Great ideas. I’m not sure what I really want. Something sparkly from the husband would be nice though! 🙂

  • Jenna November 17, 2009, 1:37 pm

    cute bowl!

  • Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear November 17, 2009, 4:02 pm

    I am SO glad you posted this, the Garmin Forerunner is at the top of my list and I have been trying to find the same one you have – thanks!

    Also, for those wishing for running gear in the cold – what are some good sites/brands? I need to make suggestions (aka link to exactly what I want) for my family Christmas list!

  • Eliana >^..^ November 17, 2009, 5:14 pm

    I need some Glo Bars certificates, I am going to make sure that is on my list and that belt looks very convenient. ;o)

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) November 17, 2009, 6:05 pm

    thanks for mentioning Glo Bakery on your Xmas list! 🙂

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale November 17, 2009, 6:46 pm

    I definitely want a new leather wallet… there’s a Marc by Marc Jacobs one with my name all over it!
    Off to send a link of it to my husband…

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) November 17, 2009, 7:28 pm

    love your holiday gift ideas!

  • Still Life in South America November 17, 2009, 7:44 pm

    This is an awesome list, Caitlin! Thanks for the ideas.

    I hate buying things like perfume, soap, or beauty products that the person may never use.

    I’m going to look into Smartwool socks for exercising. My hubby and I love them for hiking. Cheers!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 17, 2009, 9:49 pm

    I love those gift ideas. I never know what to ask for so I don’t normally ask. This year all I want is the pink footie PJ’s I posted on my blog. I’m looking to get some of those things you just posted 🙂

  • Lizzy November 18, 2009, 2:27 pm

    these gifts are such great ideas! 🙂

  • Stephanie November 18, 2009, 3:38 pm

    I love the idea of a gift list cheat-sheet 🙂

  • Lisa October 13, 2010, 1:36 pm

    Last year I gave my BF a Road ID. He loved it and I bought myself one a few months later. When weather is nice he bike commutes to work so it’s essentially he have it. Especially with deadly allergies!

  • Ariane October 13, 2010, 5:14 pm

    Ooo these are great ideas! I’m definitely saving a few for my list and for ideas for my bestie. My biggest Christmas hope for this year is an Iphone. The phone I have now is a dinosaur!

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