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Today has been a day of serendipity.


I’m not even sure where to begin!  First of all, we put down a deposit on an AMAZING duplex that is positively perfect.  Most importantly, 500 yards from awesome shops and restaurants. 


Like this AWESOME market with fine wines, microbrews, and awesome veggie wraps:


And… the place has HARDWOOD FLOORS!


Plus:  It has granite countertops, a double door fridge with a freezer on the bottom, two bedrooms, two full renovations bathrooms, a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, a beautiful front patio overlooking an epic lawn, and a backyard! 


The duplex is in a gorgeous neighborhood to run around with and walk the dogs around.


ANNNND (there are so many benefits to this place), it’s 1.5 miles from the Husband’s office, which means he can walk to work and I can come visit him at lunch!


We move in on June 28 and we cannot wait!  I’ll show more pictures when I move in, I promise.  🙂


The crazy thing about this duplex is the tenant that is moving out has an amazing jewelry business in honor of her sister, who tragically committed suicide after battling bulimia for years.  We connected on such a deep level (I told her about Operation Beautiful), and I’m going to feature her on the blog in the next few days – the work she does is AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL.   I felt like it was the perfect place and she was the perfect person… so strange.  It was serendipity for us to meet!


On to the food…


Breakfast was yet another egg, sprouts, and tomato bagel from Brueggers:


And for lunch, we went to a cute little diner that had excellent eats.


I forgot I ate eggs at breakfast!  I ordered the special quiche for lunch, which had olives, tomatoes, and other veggies.  There was a ton of cheese on the top that I picked off.


Fresh fruit!


And the most amazing muffin – I could’ve eaten three!


After signing the contract on our place, we made our way to south Charlotte to see…


KATH!  Looking like a professional RD!


So strange to finally be in her house after seeing it on her blog for so long!


Matt poured the Husband and I several samples of his homebrew to enjoy while we all caught up:


I tried:


  • Irish Red Ale
  • Brown Ale Moose Drool
  • Pumpkin Ale
  • Vanilla Coffee Porter


They were all great, but the Vanilla Coffee Porter was AMAZING.  Matt needs to open his own brewery, too!


He also fed me some of his Great Harvest Bread with some Nutzo spread.  I had 1.5 of what’s shown and the Hus ate the rest.



Again… an epic snack.


Well… off to hang out with the KERF Family.


I hope you have a wonderful Friday!  🙂



  • Ilana June 4, 2010, 5:54 pm

    What incredible kismet with the current tenant… Congratulations on finding a place!

  • suki June 4, 2010, 5:57 pm

    Sounds like an amazing find! I know you were stressing out about it for a little bit, but now you’re all set to go! 🙂

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly June 4, 2010, 5:57 pm

    I am so happy for you Caitlin! You must feel like a huge weight has bene lifted off your shoulders! It definitely sounds like it was meant to be and I can’t wait to hear more about your new life!

  • Jessie June 4, 2010, 5:57 pm

    Congrats on finding a place! Sounds like you are going to be near me. I can’t wait for you to get all moved in. Let me know if you need any help. I am an excellent mover!

  • Sassy Molassy June 4, 2010, 5:57 pm

    That place sounds amazing and the woman you met…definitely a meeting that was meant to happen. That vanilla coffee porter sounds delish. I want some!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 4, 2010, 5:57 pm

    Congrats, Caitlin! (HUGE sigh of relief!) I’m so excited for your move : ) It doesn’t sound like it could be any more perfect. Enjoy your night with the KERFs!

  • Therese June 4, 2010, 5:58 pm

    Congrats on the find! I’m so happy for you guys (and jealous too, I want to move into a new home again! It’s so exciting!!!)!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 4, 2010, 5:58 pm

    It has to make it so much more exciting that you found a place you love. That is great! 🙂

  • Helen June 4, 2010, 6:00 pm

    Massive congratulations to you both! Your new house sounds perfect for you, I’m so glad you found something you liked in a beautiful area.
    And how amazing is the meeting with the tenant…these things make me think that there is a higher power out there! Enjoy the rest of your evening with Kath – those beers and bread look delicious.
    Roll on June 28th!

  • Little Bookworm June 4, 2010, 6:01 pm

    Congrats on the house! 😀 Hope you have a good evening and weekend.

  • Lisa June 4, 2010, 6:01 pm

    What a sigh of relief, right? Hopefully everything continues to go smoothly.

  • Jen June 4, 2010, 6:03 pm

    Wow, your place sounds awesome! Totally meant to be. Don’t you love when things work out like that?

  • Natalie @ Keep It Sassy June 4, 2010, 6:03 pm

    I’m so excited for you guys! Serendipity is definitely the word for the weekend!

  • Erin June 4, 2010, 6:03 pm

    I love how the blog world and the real world come together. Congrats on finding a place. Hope it works out!

  • Brynne June 4, 2010, 6:04 pm

    Yayy congratulations!! The duplex sounds amazing! So excited for you :0)

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 4, 2010, 6:04 pm

    Yay congratulations on finding a house! It sounds like it was one of those ‘it’s meant to be’ things – you must be thrilled 🙂

  • Jacquie June 4, 2010, 6:06 pm

    Things always work out the way they should!

    I’m so happy you found a place that’s great for you both and I can’t wait to read about her jewelry business 🙂

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) June 4, 2010, 6:16 pm

    So happy you find a place–see all that panic for no reason yo!

    Hubz is on the iPhone…as per usual 🙂

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches June 4, 2010, 6:18 pm

    Congratulations on finding such a great place! Seems like it was destiny. It sounds like Charlotte is going to be a great place for you. 🙂

  • Jodi June 4, 2010, 6:19 pm

    Caitlin, Isn’t Serendipity the best?! I’m happy to hear plans are going smoothly. Change is a gift even when it’s stressful change. Onwards and upwards!

    Love your blog by the way. Keep up the inspiration!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) June 4, 2010, 6:21 pm

    congratulations!!!! sounds like you guys found the perfect place…it sounds incredible! i can’t wait to watch your new life unfold 🙂

  • Lara (Thinspired) June 4, 2010, 6:23 pm

    Caitlin, I am so happy you found your dream place! I was following your tweets and remember all-too-well how stressed I was this last January when we moved from the UK. It’s SO hard to find that perfect place when you don’t know the area that well.
    On another note, that is an AWESOME photo of Matt and the beer bottle!

  • Evan Thomas June 4, 2010, 6:23 pm

    Vanilla coffee porter?! I don’t even drink and I want to try that

  • Kellie June 4, 2010, 6:30 pm

    That neighborhood looks beautiful, just from that one picture. Congratulations!

  • alli June 4, 2010, 6:32 pm

    amazing! congrats on finding the perfect place! i believe in divine intervention- with you meeting the previous tennant and connecting the way you did sure sounds like it to me!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? June 4, 2010, 6:33 pm

    There’s a Hebrew word for what happened today: B’sheret. It means “meant to be on a deep level.” How cool!

  • Eric June 4, 2010, 6:35 pm

    Welcome to North Carolina from someone who has lived here all my life. I grew up near Charlotte, went to school in Raleigh and now live near Winston Salem. I loved living in Raleigh, and this is my second tour of duty in the Triad. You’re only a couple hours either way to the beach or the mountains, your choice. I haven’t decided yet, but depending on my training I may come down to Charlotte in December for the Half Marathon (and may come for the 5K). Have fun!

  • Sarah for Real June 4, 2010, 6:46 pm

    Congrats! Your new place sounds perfect. When can I move in? Haha

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 4, 2010, 6:53 pm

    Some things are just meant to be, eh? And I am not talking about the two eggs-for-meal days 😉

  • Erica June 4, 2010, 7:12 pm

    congrats! Sounds PERFECT. You will be so happy there. Matt’s beer and bread are both incredible. Josh and I could not stop raving about it when they brought it to our house. ENjoy the rest of your trip

  • Sarah (Enjoying One Meal at a Time) June 4, 2010, 7:18 pm

    I love that word! You never know when great things are going to happen. Sounds like an awesome new place! Yay 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 4, 2010, 7:40 pm

    Congrats on finding your new place!! What a great way to start the weekend! I hope the rest is just as good. 🙂

  • Brandy June 4, 2010, 8:01 pm

    congrats! That quiche looks delicious!!

  • Alyssa June 4, 2010, 8:03 pm

    WOW! That is awesome! I’m usually not one for “signs” and all, but finding that former tenant is definitely something 🙂 I love how she started a jewelry business to honor her sister. I’ve been in deeper ed treatment the past two weeks and the reality of the huge struggle and damage of eating disorders has been hitting home. Talking and being around people in treatment centers is definitely an eye opening experience. Can’t wait to hear more about her! 🙂

  • Heather ( June 4, 2010, 8:05 pm

    yay I am so glad it all worked out for you! I can’t wait to see more pictures!

  • Camille June 4, 2010, 8:07 pm

    It’s very strange seeing Kath AND Matt in pictures together just around the house. We always see just one or the other.
    My mind is very confused.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) June 4, 2010, 8:37 pm

    This is so great that it worked out that way. Sometimes things are just meant to be.

  • brandi June 4, 2010, 8:51 pm

    Congrats on finding a place! Sounds like it was meant to be 🙂 Maybe you can send some of that luck our way? 😉

  • Carrie @ I See Monsters June 4, 2010, 9:02 pm

    Congratulations! I love it when a plan comes together. 🙂

  • Bridget June 4, 2010, 9:08 pm

    Congratulations on the duplex! It sounds perfect! I am so glad that you met such a great person in the process of hunting. Can’t wait to see her work featured here in a few days. Have a great rest of the trip!

  • Stacey@ June 4, 2010, 9:16 pm

    Great Harvest bread is the best, can’t wait to pick some up tomorrow after seeing that piece.

  • Mindy June 4, 2010, 9:35 pm

    Congrats on finding a place, that is awesome! Sounds like it was meant to be!! Enjoy the rest of your time in Charlotte!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove June 4, 2010, 9:41 pm

    Yay!!!! It is awesome when things work out even better than we had hoped! This is such an exciting time for you both. I want to move!

  • Lisa @ bakebikeblog June 4, 2010, 9:47 pm

    I am so happy for you guys having found a house!! Such great news 🙂

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances June 4, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Congrats girl! I’m so glad y’all found such a wonderful place to live. How perfect that your husband can walk to work!!!

  • Ashley June 4, 2010, 10:06 pm

    Fun fun fun!! Congrats on finding a’re going to love that area, especially for running. Glad the KERF’s b+b is better than Blake hotel!

  • meg c. June 4, 2010, 10:08 pm

    ahhh congrats on finding a great place! you put in the hard work and you found what you were looking for. life changes can be rough and stressful but these are the exciting times of life to be cherished!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 4, 2010, 10:12 pm

    Yay! Congrats on the duplex!!! SUCH a cool story!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 4, 2010, 10:54 pm

    Yay!!! I’m so glad you found a place that is just right for you. Have fun hanging with KERF!

  • Carolyn @ June 4, 2010, 11:00 pm

    That’s amazing about the current tenant! Can’t wait to hear her story.

  • Jordan @ Live a Little Better June 5, 2010, 12:23 am

    Congrats on finding a place to live!

  • Amanda June 5, 2010, 1:02 am

    Serendipity indeed! That is great! Looks like you will be loving Charlotte : )

  • Tammy @ Defining Wellness June 5, 2010, 1:11 am

    Congratulations on your new home!! And wow, that really does seem like serendipity. Can’t wait to read about your new friend . . . what a sad story . . . but so wonderful that she’s doing something positive to help others.

  • tasha - the clean eating mama June 5, 2010, 4:31 am

    Congratulations!!! It looks like a wonderful place and a great neighborhood!

  • Susan June 5, 2010, 9:50 am

    Eeeee!! Congrats on getting a place!! I’m moving July 1st and had a really hard time finding a spot. Just as I started panicking, the perfect place came up. I love how things sometimes work out like that 🙂

  • Marissa June 5, 2010, 10:51 am

    That’s so great and I’m so happy it worked out for you! When things just fall into place like that, you just know that its meant to be. :]

  • Casey June 5, 2010, 11:05 am

    A few of my favorite things : wine and hardwood floors. Awesome.

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story June 5, 2010, 11:24 am

    Congrats on the new place!! I love Charlotte! I think you will fit in GREAT there.

  • Jolene ( June 5, 2010, 11:56 am

    I am so happy for you Caitlin!!! The place sounds positively perfect!!! Have fun with the KERFs!!

  • Holly June 6, 2010, 5:05 pm

    Congrats on finding a new place! It sounds like you are gonna have a great time there!

  • Deirdre June 8, 2010, 3:41 pm

    Sorry I’m majorly behind in my blog reading. CONGRATS on your new place. I’m so glad you found such a great place in such a great location. Can’t wait to see you at HLS in August!

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