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I loved reading your tips on remembering to hydrate!  Here are my two favorites:


  • Laura: I’ll often put 8 jelly beans or yoghurt raisins or something small into a dish on the kitchen counter, then I just eat one every time I have a glass of water. Visual reminder. And you get a reward for chugging your water!


  • Kacy: I work at a desk (blah!) so every time the phone rings (which is often) I take a drink of water. It helps a lot!




Snacks today included a wonderfully juicy plum:


And Ginger Cats.  Have I mentioned that I am addicted to these tasty Trader Joe treats?


I went back for more:


And shared some with James.  He loves Ginger Cats and actually runs over when I say, “Ginger cat!”  I think he’s going to turn into a cracker if I’m not careful.


My mother-in-laws goes back to Florida tomorrow and offered to treat me to a dinner out.  I kind of relished the idea of not dirtying up the kitchen!  We decided to go out for Thai.


I love sitting outside, don’t you?  I am trying to savor every outside dining opportunity I can before winter arrives!


We split the spring rolls:


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And I ordered the Vegetable Lovers with tofu. Mmm.  So fresh and healthy.


I had a little bit of the community white rice as well.


Hate to cut it short – but it’s been a doozy of a day and I simply must go stare at mindless HGTV programming.



  • Elizabeth September 22, 2010, 8:52 pm

    Plums I love plums! Do you have any recipes that call for plums? I don’t think I’ve ever seen any.

    • Caitlin September 22, 2010, 8:53 pm

      hmm i dont have any! guess i need to create one.

      • Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 22, 2010, 9:21 pm

        I stew plums in about 1″ of water with 2 cinnamon sticks, over low heat for about an hour. It turns hot pink, and is so good on oatmeal!!

  • Julie (Etsy Stalkers) September 22, 2010, 8:57 pm

    OK so this is gross but I’m going to share anyway (hey, that’s just the type of person I am). I also love those little cookies from Trader Joes – as does my son. He used to eat a lot of them. And by a lot, I mean a lot. While changing his diaper, his poop started to look sandy. I thought he maybe ate sand at day care but his teachers said he hadn’t. Then I figured it out…the cookies are all-natural and screwed up his system. Needless to say, we no long buy those. I know, I know…TMI.

    • Amber K September 22, 2010, 11:14 pm

      lol! I have changed my niece’s and nephews diapers as they have grown up and I can always tell when they have eaten something really weird!

  • Megan September 22, 2010, 8:58 pm

    You should watch Modern Family at 9! Great show!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 22, 2010, 9:06 pm

    Mmmm I love spring rolls!!!
    And that first tip.. GENIUS!

  • Whitney September 22, 2010, 9:11 pm

    My dogs are the same way with ice cubes. They love ice cubes. It’s the weirdest thing. Everytime one of us goes to the fridge to fill up a glass, they are right on our heels and stare at the ground hoping for one to drop. They are crazy!

  • Olivia September 22, 2010, 9:13 pm

    Do you think you might of actually lost 3 real pounds because of the run/yoga two-a-days and the increased long runs? Plus you eat really balanced all the time!

    Maybe I am just jealous 🙂 I’m def gaining weight lately…boo

    • Caitlin September 22, 2010, 9:18 pm

      Nope. I eat more than enough calories to sustain my weight and losing 3 pounds of legit weight in 5 days would require that I ate less or burned 10,500 calories. Which definitely did not happen. 🙂 Or I would’ve gnawed off my arm.

  • Amanda September 22, 2010, 9:17 pm

    Yum, your food looks delicious! I love the jelly bean tip too!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 22, 2010, 9:18 pm

    I love not dirtying up the kitchen at night!! It is one of my favorite things. I’m looking forward to Friday night date night when I don’t have to clean!

  • Shari September 22, 2010, 9:19 pm

    Random question … what’s your favorite show on HGTV? Mine are Bang for Your Buck and House Hunters 🙂

  • Krystina September 22, 2010, 9:23 pm

    I love Laura’s tip!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 22, 2010, 9:29 pm

    LOVE that jellybean idea. I might have to steal it!

  • Chelsea at Striking Balance September 22, 2010, 9:30 pm

    Oh that dinner looks good! I tried Thai food for the first time this weekend, I was impressed!!

    I love the idea of a jelly bean or something everytime you have a glass of water- I’m all about rewards!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 22, 2010, 9:35 pm

    I live for sitting outside on a patio on a pleasant afternoon or evening! Its always the best after a few long months of winter when you get out on the patio again that first time in spring.

    Love how they cut the carrots in your dinner. So cute.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 22, 2010, 9:42 pm

    Haha, I LOVE that pic of James and the cookie!! So cute that he comes for the words “Ginger cat” 🙂

  • Grace September 22, 2010, 9:44 pm

    Wow James has the cleanest teeth ever!

    • Caitlin September 23, 2010, 9:26 am

      And Maggie has the dirtiest!

      • Grace September 23, 2010, 8:21 pm

        LOL. Poor Maggie. I love reading your descriptions of Maggie and James because my dog’s like a hybrid of them. Stupid like Maggie (in the most loving way, of course) and active like James. Only in spurts though. I think he spends 20 hours a day sleeping.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 22, 2010, 9:44 pm

    I love mindless HGTV. I get such great ideas from there.

  • Grace September 22, 2010, 9:44 pm

    Now I feel guilty about my own dog’s teeth. haha.

  • Mara September 22, 2010, 9:52 pm

    Jelly Bean reminders are GENIUS. I could use it to remind me to walk the dog and take my vitamin D as well.

  • Annie September 22, 2010, 9:53 pm

    I’m totally going to use Laura’s tip!

    Does anyone ever ask why you’re taking pictures of meals when you are out and about? I’m still in school and feel so strange taking my camera out during meals!

    What is the most interesting reaction you’ve gotten once a stranger finds out you blog? 🙂

    • Caitlin September 23, 2010, 9:28 am

      Hmm no. Most people either don’t notice or don’t really care. I think food blogging is actually becoming really common (there was an article in the New York Times about it a few months ago).

      Most people just cannot fathom that I’ve basically photographed everything I’ve eaten over the last two + years. It just boggles their mind! LOL

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe September 22, 2010, 9:54 pm

    I have a tip for drinking more water! I drink tea all day- now that might not seem like a tip but actually I’ve found that because it’s a hot beverage there’s pressure to drink it all before it gets cold (and starts tasting bitter.) I end up drinking way more water this way. I also put the brewed tea bag in a little bowl on my desk to remind me to refill.

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 22, 2010, 9:55 pm

    Haha, love Laura’s jelly bean trick! It’s like giving your kid M&Ms when they poop. Not that I have any, but I’ve heard stories 🙂

    That tofu looks yummy!

  • Sarah September 22, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Is something in the air? It’s been a doozy of a day down here, too.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 22, 2010, 10:04 pm

    Sleep well tonight Caitlin. Sounds like a perfect way to end the day!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef September 22, 2010, 10:10 pm

    i love thai food!

  • Exercise and Eat September 22, 2010, 10:13 pm

    Enjoy your well-earned rest!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 22, 2010, 10:20 pm

    I love that jelly bean idea! Although with that tracking method I’d probably be drinking 100 glasses of water for the amount of jelly beans I’d eat 🙂

  • Jean@RoastedRootsPumpkinSpice September 22, 2010, 10:24 pm

    Ginger cats!! What a fun snack haha. The spring roll looks SO good.

  • Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life September 22, 2010, 10:52 pm

    The ginger cats look so GOOD! Just another reason I’m super bitter at the fact that I have NO Trader Joes stores near me… 🙁

  • Amber K September 22, 2010, 11:15 pm

    I think some rest time is exactly what the doctor ordered!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini September 22, 2010, 11:19 pm

    I have deejai coupons…they come in the mail.

    • Caitlin September 23, 2010, 9:30 am

      Wanna go on a walk later tonight?

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 22, 2010, 11:45 pm

    sign me up for some ginger cats…they sound amazing! probably best that we don’t have a trader joe’s here 🙂

  • Camille September 23, 2010, 12:06 am

    Those are great tips! I looove the first one and I plan to try it!

  • Marina September 23, 2010, 1:00 am

    ginger cats sound really tasty 🙂
    it’s cute how James loves them too :))

  • Kristina @ spabettie September 23, 2010, 1:28 am

    I LOVE the jelly bean reminder~! 🙂 an added plus, I get jelly beans!

  • Britt September 23, 2010, 1:32 am

    the cinnamon schoolbook cookies from TJ’s are amazing as well!!

    • Jen September 23, 2010, 9:26 am

      Omg are they ever. I feel a little silly eating them (sometimes I spell out words like a 3rd grader), but they’re heaven.

  • Mary (A Merry Life) September 23, 2010, 5:46 am

    I LOVE that jelly bean tip. That’s a cute way to do it.

    And mindless HGTV programming is my favorite way to zone out. 🙂

  • Lauren September 23, 2010, 8:19 am

    Ooooohhhhh, I love HGTV! Keep your eye out for me on House Hunters International – Singapore!

  • Maya September 23, 2010, 8:26 am

    I really like the jelly bean/raisin tip. I try and chug a water bottle’s worth of water first thing in the morning (32 oz worth). That way, no matter how hectic the day gets and if I don’t hydrate as well the rest of the day, I have a good head start on my hydration!

  • Kristen September 23, 2010, 8:41 am

    I love sitting out on the patio for a meal. And as I watch the leaves get redder and redder, I feel a little sad that the patio days are almost over 🙁

  • Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit September 23, 2010, 8:58 am

    I love how the ginger cats label says “for people.” :d haha

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim September 23, 2010, 9:08 am

    mmm I need to try those ginger cats! Although, I have a hard time with portion control when it comes to bite-size munchies. I’m known to polish of 3/4 of a box of cereal because once I start I can’t stop! I’ll take a change on those cute little animal crackers though. Anything from Trader Joe’s is usually worth the risk 😉

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 23, 2010, 9:11 am

    I love eating outside too, but I’m sad that it’s fall because it’s getting chilly verrrry quickly and I don’t think there will be too many more outdoor dining opportunities for me 🙁 The ginger cats sound tasty!

  • Jen September 23, 2010, 9:25 am

    Loooooooove ginger cats. The chocolate cats are currently in my cabinet. I usually make a half dozen PB-Chocolate Cats-Sandwiches as a snack in the evenings. Soooo addictive.

  • Andrea September 23, 2010, 9:52 am

    I’m loving all of your pumpkin…..yum!

  • yummiee cupcake September 23, 2010, 10:29 am

    oh! those 2 goals are a great idea!

  • Natalia - a side of simple September 23, 2010, 10:29 am

    Sorry yesterday wasn’t so great (but I bet Thai helped.. even just a little..) Hope you have a great day today, Caitlin!

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