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Howdy!  Mom and I spent the morning window shopping.  Well, mostly we window shopped.  ;)  I couldn’t help but snag these $1.95 placemats at West Elm.  You know you’re a food blogger when you buy placemats in singles.


Expect to see dinner with new backdrops soon.  🙂


Mom bought me this comfy throw, which the dogs have now claimed as their own. 



They are so totally in lurve.


I took Mom to Providence Cafe for lunch.  We were both in the mood for a veggie-centric lunch, and I knew this would be the perfect dish for both of us to order!


It always looks too small when the waiter puts it in front of me, but the combination of goat cheese, pecans, and balsamic vinegar and olive oil leaves me feeling SO satisfied.  Plus, I love arugula and asparagus.


I also love bread.  Word!


After lunch, I talked mom into attending a Vinyasa Basics class at Y2Yoga.  This is the perfect class for beginners because the instructor carefully explains every pose and you go really slowly.  We only did two flows and they were at the end of class.  Mom really loved it!


I wish she lived in Charlotte and we could do more classes together.  🙁




Throwback for you: Mommy and me, circa Christmas 1985.

Fueled up with a Green Monster (1 cup almond milk, 2 cups spinach, and 1/2 a banana):



The Husband has a special night planned.  Both of my parents are in town tonight which only really happens for major life events like weddings and graduation! So we’re all going out to dinner to celebrate some recent news.  I don’t know where we’re going, but it involves reservations so I’m excited. 🙂


Have a wonderful Saturday night!



  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans November 27, 2010, 4:15 pm

    Such a cute picture of you and your mom! Enjoy your time with your parents!

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) November 27, 2010, 4:25 pm

    Aww such a sweet picture of you two! 🙂
    Have fun tonight!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 27, 2010, 4:25 pm

    Aww sounds like such a fun day! Those placemats are ADORABLE and so is your mom!! Have fun at dinner tonight! 🙂

  • Kelly November 27, 2010, 4:28 pm

    That so nice that your mom goes to yoga with you. Isn’t it funny that you had blonde hair and now have dark hair? My hair was blonde too when I was little.

    • Caitlin November 27, 2010, 4:29 pm

      Was it really? I cannot imagine you as a little blonde bebe!!

  • helal November 27, 2010, 4:30 pm

    wwwoooooww! i really got shocked when saw your childhood photo! you had gold hair ! the picture completely reminded me of old american movie on Tv ,,, you looked sooo preety and cute!

    • Caitlin November 27, 2010, 4:30 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • janae @ hungryrunnergirl November 27, 2010, 4:36 pm

    I love shopping with my mom!! You and your mom are so cute!! Your lunch looks amazing:)

  • Michele November 27, 2010, 4:39 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS – cannot wait for the book…I have tweens, they need it!!! 😀

    And after the day we’ve had learning some “news” about my niece…wish she would have had a book such as this!

    • Caitlin November 27, 2010, 4:40 pm

      I’m sorry about your niece – that doesn’t sound good!!

      I’m going to be collecting submissions for the book soon – I would love to include notes from your tweens! Stay tuned.

      • Alina November 27, 2010, 7:52 pm

        Are you? Because that’s SO cool! I’m a reporter for, and I’d LOVE to do a blog on your OB book for tweens whenever you’re good with it!

  • G November 27, 2010, 4:43 pm

    Congratulations!!!! You definitely deserve to go out and celebrate!!!

  • Madeleine November 27, 2010, 4:56 pm

    I LOVE the throwback pic- so retro 😉 Congrats on the good news and enjoy your dinner out- HAVE SOME DESSERT… the best part!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 27, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Your mom will be a yoga pro in no time. 🙂

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) November 27, 2010, 5:01 pm

    First off, congratulations on the books! 🙂 I am so excited for you! I just bought the Operation Beautiful book yesterday as a Christmas gift for my cousin. I’m reading it before I give it to her and so far it’s made me cry two times!

    Have fun tonight and celebrate! 🙂

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston November 27, 2010, 5:02 pm

    Congrats on your upcoming books — so exciting!

  • Jen November 27, 2010, 5:06 pm

    Huge congrats on the book deal! A fantastic idea – I had noticed a lot of your presentations really focusing on teens. And with the onslaught of bullying in the news today, it’s great timing.

    How long is your mom visiting for? Where do you guys go for for your Christmas?

    • Caitlin November 27, 2010, 5:09 pm

      She leaves tomorrow 🙁 Sad face. I think we’re going to Florida to see my in laws. It should be fun!

      • Caitlin November 27, 2010, 5:10 pm

        What are you doing? 😉

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) November 27, 2010, 5:10 pm

    holy crap!! how do you do it?? you’re on a roll sister. i do group therapy with kids and adolescents and have been passing out your website. They really need something like this! Some of them have actually heard of the movement before!

    • Caitlin November 27, 2010, 5:10 pm

      That is awesome! Maybe some of your kids can contribute to the OB Tweens book!

  • grocery goddess jen November 27, 2010, 5:10 pm

    Have a great night with the family!

  • Courtney (greeneyedrunner) November 27, 2010, 5:16 pm

    Congratulations! I wish there was a Y2Yoga close to where I live, I think it sounds amazing!

  • jen November 27, 2010, 5:31 pm

    Love the throwback picture!!!! The carpet is awesome! I’m pretty sure the house I lived in in the 80’s had that exact carpet!!

    Have fun at dinner 🙂


  • Shari November 27, 2010, 5:41 pm

    Congratulations on the book deals — such exciting news! Have fun celebrating with your family! 🙂

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life November 27, 2010, 5:42 pm

    I love how you’ve scanned old photos to include in your posts. I need to do that!

    Happy holiday weekend!

  • tina November 27, 2010, 5:44 pm

    oh my goodness!!!! congrats girlfriend- you deserve a gigantic celebration!!! woo hoo!!!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers November 27, 2010, 5:54 pm

    CONGRATS girl!!! That’s more than amazing-wow! 🙂

  • Ashley November 27, 2010, 5:58 pm

    You and your mom doing yoga together is too cute! Congrats – you’ve got lots to celebrate!

  • Samantha-The Life Abundant November 27, 2010, 5:59 pm

    Congrats on the book–young girls need messages like OB! And what fun pictures of your mom!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 27, 2010, 6:30 pm

    That picture of you and your mom circa 1985 is adorable!

    And that must have been so fun doing yoga with your mom! My mom and I have been exercising together lately. I think doing an actual class together would be awesome. 😀

  • Sana November 27, 2010, 6:32 pm

    I love that pic of your mom doing yoga! Have a lovely dinner with your parents!

  • erica November 27, 2010, 6:35 pm

    gotta love mommy and me time! love that pic of you and your mom when you were little! so adorable!

  • Camille November 27, 2010, 6:48 pm

    Okay, so I just have to say… it drives me crazy when places sell place mats all bundled together! I want to buy them in singles and only singles!

  • Ashley November 27, 2010, 7:07 pm

    Congratulations on the book! Its so funny that you were a blond baby, you were adorable. I wish my mom would exercise with me, that’s so awesome.

  • Joanne November 27, 2010, 7:08 pm

    How wonderful that you were able to enjoy a yoga class with your mother. Terrific. What a special Thanksgiving that turned out to be. AND…3 books! AMAZING! You are really something special Caitlin. Congrats to you. Celebrate life and all your good fortune.

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine) November 27, 2010, 7:42 pm

    Have an amazing night of celebrating! <3

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In November 27, 2010, 7:49 pm

    Congratulations!! Can’t wait to read the latest installment:)

  • Julia November 27, 2010, 7:49 pm

    Just wanted to say congrats!
    I am such a fan of your blog, I read it religiously.

    I went out to dinner with a bunch of my friends that are on thanksgiving break from college. I’m still a senior in high school so I always make a point to see them when they are home. I don’t remember how it came up but my friend Lauren mentioned how she was in the bathroom at Oneonta and she saw an operation beautiful note. My friend Nick said “They are on almost every mirror at Sienna. They proceeded to talk about how it made there day so much better. I got really excited and told them that I post them all over my high school and how I have been reading your blog and following Operation Beautiful for a long time.

    I am so proud that you amazing vision is being spread. You are such an inspiration and when I was in a really dark place, you helped me to believe I am beautiful. I can not thank you enough for that.

    Best of luck, can’t wait for the new books.

    • Caitlin November 29, 2010, 12:50 pm

      Wow! What a fun story to read. Thank you so much for telling me. I appreciate you reading the blog so much 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 27, 2010, 7:54 pm

    I’m so glad you were able to spend some time with your mom today!

    Congrats on the new book – I can’t even imagine what great messages this book will send to young girls! I’m so happy! 🙂

  • Alyssa November 27, 2010, 8:12 pm

    Congrats on the two new books deals!!! I think that calls for plenty more celebrations 🙂

  • tami November 27, 2010, 8:12 pm

    awesome news X2

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 27, 2010, 8:23 pm

    Congratulations on the book deal Caitlin! Have a great time tonight with your family!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed November 27, 2010, 8:48 pm

    Your mum is tres cute doing yoga. such a fun day and night ahead of you. yay for celebrations! bread is the bomb – word indeed.
    Heidi xo

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 27, 2010, 9:09 pm

    Pecans and goat cheese go SO well together!!

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 27, 2010, 9:37 pm

    Glad you had fun with your mom doing yoga! I love bread too 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple November 27, 2010, 9:49 pm

    Congratulations on your awesome news! That is SO exciting and an excellent way to get into the Christmas spirit 🙂

  • Megan November 27, 2010, 10:24 pm

    Did I miss what book #2 is?

    • Caitlin November 29, 2010, 12:49 pm

      It’s going to be a tween version of Operation Beautiful!

  • Laurie November 27, 2010, 11:02 pm

    You were quite the toe head as a wee one….adorable.

  • Paige @Running Around Normal November 27, 2010, 11:31 pm

    Congrats on the second book deal – woo hoo!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] November 28, 2010, 12:38 am

    I wish I was as good as you drinking Green Monsters. I’m lazy when it comes to using the blender =/

  • Kiran November 28, 2010, 1:09 am

    You look too cute (and still) at Christmas circa 1985 😉
    I love it that you’d convinced your mom for yoga. I miss my mom dearly 🙁

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini November 28, 2010, 1:36 am

    You’re mom is so pretty!

  • Marina November 28, 2010, 2:02 am

    I wish my mom would like to do yoga with me 😀 sounds like so much fun.
    Congrats on the book!!

  • Virginia @ YtotheUmmy November 28, 2010, 8:20 am

    ha, that’s so funny/cute that your mom does yoga. my mom would say *hispanic accent* “payy tuu go strettch? Achh! I ken doo that en my keetchen for FREE.” 🙂

    • Caitlin November 29, 2010, 12:48 pm

      ahah your mom is cute.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 28, 2010, 8:37 am

    That’s so exciting about your new book! I hope you had a great celebratory dinner with your parents! 🙂

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit November 28, 2010, 9:03 am

    Wow, I hadn’t heard the news yet- Congrats! 🙂

  • Wei-Wei November 28, 2010, 9:13 am

    You and your mom are so cute together! 😀 (Oh, and CONGRATS on the news!)

  • Nathalie November 28, 2010, 9:27 am

    Congratulations again on the book dealS!!! You are such an inspiration in so many ways and I thank you for that !!!

    The puppies-curled-up-in-the-new-blanket-pic is too adorable 🙂

    Glad that you’re having a wonderful time with your mum, and how lovely that you’re all getting together for a bit of a celebration 🙂 Have a fab time!

  • anonymous November 28, 2010, 10:31 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! 😀 yayyyyy! hope you had fun & your pups are too cute! 🙂

  • Balanced Healthy Life November 28, 2010, 10:31 am

    Glad to see you had a nice day with your Mom! I love Mommy and me days! : M)

  • Amber K November 28, 2010, 10:55 am

    Pretty much everyone I know was blonde as a child. Except for me! I’ve always had my same mousy brown hair. No fair! 😉

    I love the new placemats! I wish my mom wouldn’t mind doing some healthy things with me. But it’s more like *insert her eye roll here*, maybe one day!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life November 28, 2010, 3:54 pm

    Love this post! Congratulations on the book deals 🙂

  • Becca November 28, 2010, 4:10 pm

    Awww!! That picture of you and your mom is so cute! My mom’s hair was blond when she was little too and now its much darker. I wonder why that happens?
    And that bread looks so good. acutally, the whole plate looks ridiculously good. 🙂
    happy sunday!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 28, 2010, 4:10 pm

    oooh I love that your mum and you did yoga together! What fun!!!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged November 28, 2010, 4:31 pm

    Ha, it’s priceless that you buy just one placemat too! I scour thrift stores to get single dishes and cups too, just so I have something different to feature on the blog!

  • ProjectLifeBy Sue November 28, 2010, 4:44 pm

    OK I wish I loved these green monsters. Gotta find a way to love these green monsters! Anyone have any input?

    BTW: cute kid you were Caitlin.

    Oh, and I bought your book today for my step-daughter for Christmas – there was only one left in the whole bookstore!! Yeah Yeah!

    • Caitlin November 29, 2010, 12:46 pm

      Thank you so much Sue!!!

    • Caitlin November 29, 2010, 12:47 pm

      Have you tried them? What do you like about them? You can add spinach to pretty much any smoothie and it won’t really alter the taste.

      • Project Life by Sue November 29, 2010, 1:18 pm

        Ya, I have…..I don’t LOVE them, but wish I did. Maybe they are a required taste. Also a little hard to get past the “green”. Will keep working at it. LOVE that they are so good for us though, so all worth it. 🙂

  • Kat November 29, 2010, 9:50 am

    That goat cheese lunch looks amazing! I don’t think goat cheese gets enough credit for how yummy it is. 🙂

  • Julia @ Brides Up North November 29, 2010, 11:28 am

    OOOh a new book deal! Wow well done honey!!! xxx

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