HTP Q&A, Part II

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I was suppose to meet friends Kate and Kristin at the park for a picnic for lunch (look at me, not eating out!).  However, it’s super windy outside and threatening to rain.  So I suggested we bring the patient inside and eat in the waiting room of the clinic.  🙂


Don’t worry – no patients were scheduled to arrive!


I had a hummus and sprouts sandwich, carrots, and an apple.  Plus, a few of Oh She Glow’s macaroons!



More HTP Q&A!


Missed Part I?


Tricia asked, “Can you list blogs and books that helped you go vegetarian? I’m about to make the switch!”


One of the very best blogs that I can recommend is No Meat Athlete.  He has a ton of information about going vegetarian and the science behind eating.  For vegetarian and vegan recipes, I love Oh She Glows.   Here are other books I loved about being vegetarian.


Allison wrote, “Have you ever done a post on how you and the hubs split up chores?!”


What an interesting question!  The Husband and I split chores pretty evenly.  I usually do the laundry; he takes out the trash and does dishes.  I tend to do more of the ‘deep cleans’ but he is great about picking them up around the house on a daily basis. 


Amy asked, “I would love to know what’s in your gym bag or a list of your favorite products.”


I’m assuming you mean beauty products!  :)  I love MAC cover-up and powder.  I also use this kind of blush, which I LOVE.  Other than that, I’m a bit of a minimalist and don’t use a lot of styling products or lotions. 


Maria wrote, “You have so many great positive messages about females, so I wonder if you consider yourself a feminist?”


What’s wrong with being a feminist, anyway?  If being a feminist means I believe in equality for the sexes and that women can do any job a man can do, then heck yes, I am a feminist.  ;)  That doesn’t mean I don’t want men to open doors for me, though. :)  I think you can believe in feminism and chivalry all at the same time. Right? Okay, I’m sure some people are going to argue this with me…


Monica (and Kelly) asked, “You get so many comments on every single post, and they always seem very positive. Do you ever get negative comments? Do you ever get mean e-mails? How often does it happen, and how do you handle it?”


I do get negative comments (and by negative, I mean, “You are a stupid bitch” not “I don’t like this recipe”) from time to time, but I have a strict deletion policy for negative comments like that.  I like comments that promote discussion and include different viewpoints A LOT, but any comments that personally attack me, my family, or other commenters are totally unacceptable in my eyes.  I get that not everyone is going to agree with me, but again – I’m not talking about those comments.


Mean comments use to get to me when I first started blogging, but I have the thickest skin ever now, and I’m usually not phased (so please don’t waste your time!).  If I am upset, I usually email a friend and vent to them.  I have a lot of friends who are also bloggers so they understand how I feel.  🙂 Also, you can drop IP addresses in moderation in the WordPress program, so once someone leaves me a horrible comment, I block them and never have to see their vile ramblings again! 


The hardest thing ever was going through the Marie Claire drama.  That was like every mean comment that I’ve ever gotten rolled into one article.  But the experience taught me a lot and ultimately made me a strong person.  Criticism – even mean, unfair criticism – can be a great thing.


Marissa wrote, “Have you ever done/thought of doing P90x? Why or why not?”


I have thought about it but I decided not to do P90x because the Fitnessista warned me that there’s a lot of plyometrics and it’s really hard on the knees.  I don’t want to risk injury since my knees are already a little troublesome.  I did do the 30 Day Shred – here’s my review!


Jenifer asked, “Do you think people are born runners, or someone can (like me) make themselves a runner?”


I think you can MAKE yourself a runner.  A runner is anyone who runs, even if you’re half walking/running or can only run a mile!  Some people have better biomechanics and muscular structure for running, but I really think nearly anyone can learn to run short distances and enjoy it.  


Karen wrote, “I’ve been struggling during strength training lately. I’ve mainly been doing yoga, but I’m having a hard time physically with cramps and balancing; lacking a bit of energy for my long work-outs; and beating myself up a bit mentally ("it’s too hard, give it up").  So my question is: when do I say "when?" How do you know when you need a rest day and when to push yourself through?”


If you feel tired and sluggish for several workouts on end, it’s time to say ‘when’!  One or two workouts, I might chalk up to a fluke, but when I start feeling drained constantly, it’s clear that I’m doing something wrong with my fluids, food, or exercise. It could also be a more serious problem, like anemia or B12 deficiency.  I try to drink coconut water or Gatorade regularly (to replace electrolytes lost through sweating).  Here are my other tips for  dealing with sluggish workouts.


My advice?  Take a week off of any hard exercise (so stick to gentle yoga and nice walks) and then see how you feel after.  If you’re still having trouble, head to the doc for blood work. 


Kathleen wrote, “What’s your favorite health food?”


Fruit! I love fruit. 🙂 Especially bananas and really juicy oranges.


Annette wrote, “What’s your favorite nut butter?”


Any type of salted almond butter.


Megan asked, “I think you mentioned before that you sometimes suffer from insomnia. How bad is it and how do you deal with it? I don’t know what’s going on with me recently, but my sleep has totally sucked – like, I wake up way too early and can’t go back to sleep!”


My insomnia really isn’t that bad, but it does flare up when I’m super stressed.  I have found that taking a natural supplement, such as melatonin, really does help me fall asleep.  There’s tons of causes for sleep disorders, and (shameless plug), the Husband actually does a lot of e-consultations and supplement recommendations for problems like insomnia.  So if you’re interested in healthier alternatives that prescribed medications, e-mail him at


Lyn asked, “Anyone have any thoughts on the Nike iPod vs. Garmin for tracking your running distance/speed?  I use Nike iPod right now but sometimes I question how accurate it is, and I’m thinking of investing in a Garmin.  Thanks!”


The Nike iPod uses time and average step distance to calculate how far you’ve run, which can be close but is definitely NOT accurate.  If you’re really getting into outdoor running, I highly recommend the Garmin 305, which uses a GPS device to calculate distance and pace. 


Heather wrote, “When will your hubby do an accent vlog? I know I’m not the only one eager to hear his British accent!”


I asked him again this morning to do the vblog for me, so we’ll see! 


Clarissa wrote, “What are you going to do on your next vacation and what is your all-time favorite movie?”


Next vacation:  I am going to New York City in April for a fun work trip (details tomorrow)!  And my favorite all-time movie is… Twilight?  Can I say that without anyone laughing at me?


Shelly wrote, “Since you try to eat mostly all organic foods, was wondering if that also carries over to other aspects of your life, for example, do you try to use more natural/chemical free laundry detergent, bath soaps, makeup, shampoo, cleaning products, paper products? Do you plan on getting a more environmentally friendly car?”


I am just becoming more aware about natural/organic beauty products and cleaning supplies and am trying to switch over 100%!  I bought organic shampoo the other week but it was terrible.  However, I have enjoy my all-natural floor cleaner (which is vinegar and water!).   I would LOVE more natural cleaning product recommendations! 


As for the car, we made the best financial move when we sold off our second car and became a one-car family!  We looked into selling both cars and getting something that is more environmentally-friendly, but it was too expensive.  However, since moving to Charlotte, we have definitely become less car-focused and now we only use 1 tank of a gas a MONTH!  We walk everywhere we can. 


Melissa wrote, “I’m toying with the idea of a duathlon, and my bike is a mountain bike.  I don’t see a new bike in my near future, and I wondered if it would be reasonable to do a duathlon with a mountain bike.  What would you say based on your experiences at bike events?  Thanks!!”


If the bike part of race is 12 miles or less, I would say yes, you can do the duathlon with a mountain bike.  The trouble is that it takes a lot longer to go far (and requires a lot of energy) on a mountain bike because of the size of the tires and weight of the bike.  So if you tried to do a 24 mile race on a mountain bike, it might take you 2 hours and it would take everyone else 1.25.   So it’s definitely doable, just stick to the sprint distances.


Rachel wrote, “I’m a newbie runner, and I was wondering, do you stretch before you run? Or after? Do you do a warm-up and then stretch? Does it depend on how far you’re running?”


I suck at stretching and only do it a few times a week, usually after runs.  Runners World has a great stretching section that is super helpful.  Do as I say, not as I do. 🙂


Susan wrote, “An entirely random question, but were you athletic when you were a kid?  Another one – where do you see your running going down the road?  Still racing or more running for fun?  Oooh – and prediction time – do you see yourself still running 40 years from now?”


I didn’t play on any sport teams as a kid – I was more into studying and academics.  My family is big into brains over brawn so I was pushed to work hard and study a lot (which I am thankful for).  My dad was very fit and active and encouraged me to play a lot on the weekends, though! 


I think I will always run, even 40 years from now.  It’s fun and enjoyable for me.  I’ll probably always race, too! I want to be that mom who crosses a finish line and is handed her baby by her Husband.  :) 


Steph wrote, “What is the best source/site/blog for meal plans?”


Oh, that’s a hard one, and I don’t know the answer – any suggestions?  Please leave your thoughts in the comments section! 


Freya wrote, “How did the husband get to live in America when he’s English? I think you said before that he moved when he was 16 with his parents, so I suppose the q is more, how did his parents get to move? It’s SO hard to get a Visa unless you’re $loaded$ now, and I so badly want to live in the States?”  And Kat had a similar question, too.  She wrote, “As a Brit dating an American boy, I’m really interested in how your other half ended up in the US? His whole family is there, too?! I ask purely because we currently live in Australia and are trying to figure out if I can get into the US…as we are not married! Australia recognizes de-facto relationships, as does England but the US doesn’t. Boo. Also, what part of England is he from!?”


The Husband came to American more than 10 years ago (before 9/11), so I think the situation was a little different.  His mother (a Brit) fell in love with his stepfather (an American who I just refer to as his dad on the blog).  She got a VISA and eventually residency for herself and the Husband.  The Husband is a resident but not a citizen.  His sister finally got her residency after trying for 5 years and now lives in Florida with the rest of his family (they will all move here to North Carolina soon).  I don’t know much about the process so I can’t give many tips on getting residency faster.  :(  I hope you both can come to America soon!  Oh, and the Husband is from Reading!


Michelle wrote, “Right now I’m in the position to take my blog to it’s own domain. I’ve been reading your tips on just buying a platform through WordPress. Is this still how you blog? I’ve been looking at buying a domain through other sites and honestly there’s so much information I feel defeated before I even start. Does someone help you work on all your blog pages (a techie!) or did you just figure it out yourself?”


If you want a custom URL, I would recommend buying it through WordPress.  It’s super easy to do under the Domain tab.  I didn’t switch to being self-hosted until I had an ad contract with Foodbuzz, and you can easily do that yourself if you don’t want to pay someone else to.  If you want to be self-hosted, I recommend Dream Host because their customer service is excellent.  If you’re not going to sell ad space, you can just stay on the WordPress hosting service.  And no matter what, if you have a PC, you need to download Windows Live Writer ASAP.  Here are my other blogging tips! 


Liz asked, “I’ve been reading your blog posts since you had your “See Bride Run” blog. Did you predict that you would continue to blog for so long or just stop after that blog? For instance, I never thought I’d be blogging for almost 4 years now, haha.”


I had no idea that I would ever be blogging for as long as I have been (nearly three years) or that I would enjoy it so much! 


Caitlin wrote, “Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? I know readers can guess based on your blog, but in reality, a majority of us do not personally know you!”


I took a personality test once, and it said that I am an extrovert. 🙂 I do really like hanging out with people and being social, but I also do need private downtime (hello, HGTV).  I think most people who meet me in real life would say that I’m outgoing and friendly – I’m definitely not shy!


Marissa wrote, “What are your thoughts on protein powders? (Whey Isolate, Soy, etc.) If you do use them, what brand? If not, what are your reasons?”


I think protein powder is a great add-in to smoothies, especially as a post-run workout snack.  I try to stick with brown rice or other non-whey proteins because I try to reduce unnecessary animal product consumption when I know I won’t ‘miss’ the other product too much.  We’re currently using a protein powder from Standard Process, which the Husband has to order as a physician.   It’s a really high-quality vegan powder, and if anyone is interested in ordering it, shoot an email to my Husband at


So fun! 🙂


Answer one of the questions that I was asked in the comments section, too!  What’s your favorite movie? Do you think people are just natural runners?  What’s your favorite protein powder? And are you an extrovert or introvert?



  • Michelle February 28, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Just wanted to say P90X isn’t about Plyo at all. There’s 1 DVD (therefore 1 workout a week) of Plyo, but it says right at the start of the DVD that you could sub it out for the Cardio DVD if you’re not ready (or able) for Plyo. Otherwise it is a ton of push ups, pull ups (or pull downs with resistance tubes), and other weight bearing exercises with dumbbells.

    Insanity (from the same company) is another beast altogether and is heavy into Plyo-type work. I borrowed those discs from a friend of mine and watched a few this weekend. I’ll probably start that in April after Cherry Blossom run in DC. Insanity is seriously the best name they could’ve given it.

    My recommendation: see if your library carries the P90X series and borrow it. (that’s what I did) At the very least you could get some inspiration for various types of workouts once you have to give it back.

    • Marissa C February 28, 2011, 3:54 pm

      Yeah–I have Insanity. I tried it twice and had to quit because of injuries-just so hard on your joints! I may try it again in the future, interspersed with lots of yoga and other cross training.

    • Samantha @ Mama Notes February 28, 2011, 5:35 pm

      This is what I was going to say as well… there is only 1 plyo DVD and it DOES Hurt the knees- but man is it a great workout!! The rest of P90X is great- I’m surprised fitnessa said it was heavy on the plylo?

    • Allison @ Happy Tales February 28, 2011, 5:39 pm

      Ohhh thank you for all of your insight, I’ve been interested in both of these for an at-home workout, and have yet to actually try them out! I’ve heard many, many good things though. Glad you enjoyed ’em!

  • Jess February 28, 2011, 2:45 pm

    The Nike+GPS app for the iPhone uses GPS just like the Garmin and is an awesome super cheap alternative if you already have an iPhone!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) February 28, 2011, 2:46 pm

    Definitely an introvert, but that’s NOT a bad thing. Introversion and extroversion are said to be the result of your “inner activities.” If you’re got a hive of bees buzzing in you, no way do you want to add to the fray by socializing a whole lot! Conversely, if you have a clear, unworried mind… then socializing, why not? Obviously, this isn’t exactly THE reason behind the two personality types, but it’s an interesting speculation.

    By the way, personality geeks should definitely try the MBTI — there’s tons of short (for fun) versions online.

    I gave up on protein powders because I’m lactose intolerant and can’t stand the taste of the alternatives. I try to eat nuts, beans, grains, and sometimes eggs for protein.

    RE: biomechanics — mine are terrible; my arches are extremely low, I’m short, not lanky, and have bunions. Definitely not a “natural runner,” but I think if everything checks out medically, people can make slight improvements over time.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 28, 2011, 2:49 pm

    Great answers once again Caitlin! I thought you dealt with the Marie Claire drama like a pro. And about the questions you asked… I’d say I’m more of an extrovert – but not in a loud and in-your-face kind! I think I’m more extroverted than introverted because I’m pretty confident with myself, and I like socializing. Loved learning more about you! 🙂

  • Cyclist Kate February 28, 2011, 2:52 pm

    Wow! You are busy answering questions :). I appreciate it–it’s always fun to read your responses.

    First, yest, finding a natural/organic shampoo that doesn’t totally suck is really hard. I love for reviews of products (so before buying a new shampoo, I’ll look for reviews of it there so I don’t buy a dud). Also, the Skin Deep ( website is amazing to let you know if that “organic” shampoo really is any better than the Pantene as far as nasty chemicals go. I’ve been using John Masters Organics for a few months and really liking it (Lavender Rosemary Shampoo and Rosemary Peppermint Detangler).

    Finally, cannot be beat for meal plans. You can totally customize it (i.e. vegan, gluten free, etc.) and it’s really easy to use. I don’t personally use it anymore, but it was great when I was first learning about healthy eating.

  • Green Dog Wine February 28, 2011, 2:52 pm

    Awww I know those lovely faces! 😉 Hope you girls had fun! 🙂

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) February 28, 2011, 2:53 pm

    “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people, too”

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food February 28, 2011, 2:53 pm

    Great Q&A! I didn’t know your hubs was British?? I wanna hear his accent too 🙂 hehehe

    That really sux about the negative & mean comments that people can leave. It’s so great that you have such a positive outlook on it!

  • Freya February 28, 2011, 2:54 pm

    Thanks for answering my question 🙂
    Favourite movie? Heck I could never decide! I love too many films 🙂
    Protein powder – pea is the only one I’ve ever tried, unflavoured. it’s skank but does the trick.
    I don’t think everyone is a natural runner – I think everyone can run if they want to, but I think some people have a genetic advantage and so find running at a certain level easier than others. But EVERYONE can run if theyw ant to!

  • Kira February 28, 2011, 2:54 pm

    Your coming to NYC in April? You should have a meet up when you come!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 28, 2011, 2:56 pm

    I love these posts Caitlin!!

    I especially like your negative comment response.

  • Kacy February 28, 2011, 2:58 pm

    I do think some people are just natural runners. I work with a girl who runs 5 min/miles and has run at least 42 marathons. Running is like breathing to her. But… runners can also be made. I consider myself a runner and I am ecstatic to run 10 min/miles and have never run a marathon (though I plan to!)

    I like Spirutein vanilla protein powder. In fact all the spirutein soy powders are delish!

    I used to be an extrovert but I think I’m morphing into an introvert, if that’s possible 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 28, 2011, 2:59 pm

    If you saw me run, you would not think that at all. I feel like I am 100lbs over what I am when I run. It is not pretty. I do think you can train yourself to run, but if I don’t find joy in that and I do find joy in other activities, I will just leave the running to someone else. I have complete admiration for those that do it…and love it. Favorite movie is The Fountain…I love it!

    Have a great afternoon Caitlin!

  • Karen February 28, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Totally random but I have that same penguin blanket. Two of them actually from a Christmas when pretty much my entire family gave me penguin-themed gifts.

  • Juliette @ Finish Your Broccoli February 28, 2011, 3:00 pm

    I love your comment about feminism – your blog & Operation Beautiful, along with many healthy living blogs, inherently promote a positive body image and being strong, powerful women – things that go hand in hand with feminism. I was a Women’s Studies major in college & it’s a shame that so many people (women included) are still afraid to refer themselves as feminists, likely because it’s such a loaded word. When you break it down, though, it’s about equality, and I’m glad to see you embracing it for what it really is about!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 28, 2011, 3:02 pm

    I am such an introvert it isn’t even funny. Jason is the biggest extrovert on earth so this is definitely something that we have to deal with. I get absolutely drained from being around others and Jason thrives.

    I like Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Vanilla – it is delicious and mixes so well.

    Favorite movie? Amalie!

    I think some people have natural talent when it comes to running, but I think anyone can become a fast runner. It takes time and dedication — just like anything else in life!

  • Holli February 28, 2011, 3:03 pm

    Two things–for the reader who was wanting to do a duathlon with a mountain bike–not all bikes can do this but with some bikes, you can change out the mountain bike wheels for new, hybrid or road-type wheels. Ask at your local bike store!

    Also, for meal planning, I love Relish! ( I have never been very good at cooking at home and this website has helped me to cook at home at least 4 nights a week for the past few months.

  • Holli February 28, 2011, 3:03 pm

    Two things–for the reader who was wanting to do a duathlon with a mountain bike–not all bikes can do this but with some bikes, you can change out the mountain bike wheels for new, hybrid or road-type wheels. Ask at your local bike store!

    Also, for meal planning, I love Relish! ( I have never been very good at cooking at home and this website has helped me to cook at home at least 4 nights a week for the past few months.

  • Michelle February 28, 2011, 3:04 pm

    I do think that some people are natural runners.. however I think anyone can run if they put their mind to it. I am for sure not a natural runner but i’m running my first 1/2 marathon in 3 weeks!

    And my favorite movie is either Dead Poets Society or Untamed Heart. 🙂

  • Kandi February 28, 2011, 3:05 pm

    I LOVED your answer to the feminist question: “equality for the sexes…but that doesn’t mean I don’t want men to open doors for me.” That’s exactly how I feel.

    p.s. – I just started following you on Twitter. Please follow me back if you’d like @karmascorner.

  • Leslie February 28, 2011, 3:05 pm

    I love Bio Kleen products. I use their carpet cleaning solution, laundry detergent, kitchen and bath cleaners, and the stain remover called Back Out <– This stuff rocks, I have two dogs who make messes every once in a while and that stuff is great! (It also removes red wine even after a day of not noticing the stain!) You can get it on Amazon or places like Whole Foods.

  • Monica February 28, 2011, 3:11 pm

    Thank you for answering my question.

    My favorite health food is the same as yours: fruit.

    And I am an introvert. Unless I am with my fiance or my immediate family, I struggle with conversation in social settings.

  • Jill February 28, 2011, 3:12 pm

    What kind of organic shampoo did you use? I’m just curious because I am looking into buying “vegan” shampoo and I want to try Jason products but don’t want to pay a bunch and not like it! Thanks 🙂

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 3:52 pm

      Ugh I can’t remember. It was a pink bottle (not helpful, I’m sorry!).

  • Christine February 28, 2011, 3:13 pm

    Ironically, I got hooked on your blog BECAUSE of the MC article. After reading it, I checked the blogs it mentioned out of curiosity and arrived at my own opinion (which ended up me being +3 new blogs to read and -1 magazine subscription). Keep up the good work!

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 3:52 pm


      thanks 🙂

  • Sarah for Real February 28, 2011, 3:21 pm

    Caitlin, I think your response to the Nike+ versus Garmin is incorrect. They recently updated to use GPS technology just like the Garmins. You don’t need that thing in your shoe anymore, at least I think so. Another option that I use is the Run Keeper Pro app (for folks with an iPhone). It’s only $10 and does much of the same things as a Garmin (plus more!). I think it’s a great option for beginners like myself who aren’t sure about investing a lot of money on a Garmin yet.

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 3:52 pm

      Ohhh rlllly? So interesting. Awesome.

  • Rebecca February 28, 2011, 3:23 pm

    Movies is a tough one–I love so many! But I definitely have to say that the Narnia movies are high on my list. Anything Disney or animated, really. 🙂

    I think running is more something you develop a love for. For example, my dad didn’t start running regularly until he was 50. And now he LOVES it. I, on the other hand, do everything possible to NOT run unless I have to.

    I’m very much an introvert. I’m okay with small groups of people, but… large groups are awkward. Which is ironic, because I have a HUGE family. I love them all to death, but when we’ve finished visiting I sometimes feel like I need to shut out the rest of the world for a few days. Hah.

  • Carrie H February 28, 2011, 3:25 pm

    Fun! I like these question-and-answer posts. My all time favorite movie is When Harry Met Sally. I LOVE it and have seen it a million times but still laugh at all the jokes. I think you can teach yourself to run — I did. I also unsuccessfully tried to make myself a runner couple times before it stuck. I’ve never tried any kind of protien powder, and I am in introvert. 🙂

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) February 28, 2011, 3:30 pm

    I love the Q&A posts. I could not agree with you more on most of what you said (if not *all*)! Especially concerning “feminism” and being born a runner. 😀

  • ashley February 28, 2011, 3:34 pm

    I don’t think people are natural born runners but I do think some people naturally have higher running potential than others (in re: how fast, how far, how it effects their body, etc)

  • ashley February 28, 2011, 3:34 pm

    I don’t think people are natural born runners but I do think some people naturally have higher running potential than others (in re: how fast, how far, how it effects their body, etc)

  • R Chandra February 28, 2011, 3:34 pm

    cool Q&A installment (& the first one too!) 🙂

    my favourite movie is About a Boy, (hilarious & perfect in so many ways 😀 ) protein powder sort of creeps me out & i’ve never used it, i DO think people are born as naturally better runners (“better” meaning faster/longer endurance) but i think you can also train yourself to be a runner – also just a thought a lot of running is mental so perhaps people with more mind discipline are “better” because they won’t get bored and talk themselves into stopping – aaand i am most def. an introvert.

  • Clare February 28, 2011, 3:39 pm

    Natural cleaning products: Mrs. Meyers brand. SOOOOO yummy smelling (basil!) and actually affordable.

  • Debbie February 28, 2011, 3:44 pm

    Favourite movie – Phantom of the Opera. Not quite as good as the stage show but still darn good 😀
    I think I fake being an extrovert quite well but the real me is more introvert!

  • Melissa February 28, 2011, 3:47 pm

    I am an extrovert according to all the personality tests (and I agree) although most people don’t always recognize this b/c I am not “the star” of the room. However, that’s not the true definition of an extrovert! Anyway, I love interacting with all types of people and feel I can connect and relate well…and I actually get energized by this. (An aside: I am on the admissions board for a graduate program and LOVE the on-campus interview portion…it doesn’t even feel like work to me.) On the other hand, people tend to think Matt is an extrovert b/c he has a great sense of humor/takes center stage/is go with the flow…however, it EXHAUSTS him to no end and socializing outside of a very small comfortable circle can be difficult for him!

    Have you tried Aveda products? I know they are pricey but they last FOREVER. (I have extremely thick hair but only wash it 2-3 times/week)

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 3:53 pm

      Aveda products are so awesome. I need to buy some of their tea tree shampoo.

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. February 28, 2011, 3:49 pm

    I think I’m right in the middle on the extrovert/introvert scale – I’m definitely not shy and love meeting new people or just being around people in general. BUT, I’m much more apt to listen rather than talk because I love hearing what other people have to say. I think there’s a lot to learn.

  • Mrs. Muffins February 28, 2011, 3:51 pm

    I REALLY used to think I could not run. Period. I would try and I couldn’t even run a quarter mile without everything hurting and when I was satisfied with my workouts the way they were, I had no desire to push myself. I still feel like I’m starting a lot slower than some people but I’m doing the Couch to 5K program and almost finished! Turns out I CAN run! I find it’s really much more mental for me, than it is physical and I would venture to say it’s the same for a lot of other people too.

    Oh, and I started using natural products a lot more after going vegetarian. One of my favorite shampoo brands (I’m a hairstylist!) is Nature’s Gate. I also love anything by Jason and Kiss My Face. Great brands!


  • SR February 28, 2011, 3:52 pm

    hi caitlin!

    quick question – is there a link to the actual 30 day shred challenge (e.g. the steps and actual exercises, etc)? i was searching through your blog and couldn’t find it – thank you!

    (p.s. to answer one of your questions – one of my favorite movies is “shakespeare in love” – romantic, funny, and so entertaining)

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 3:54 pm

      30 Day Shred is a Jillian Michaels’ DVD you can buy on Amazon for under $10!

      • SR February 28, 2011, 3:55 pm

        OK great, thanks!!

  • Johanna B February 28, 2011, 3:53 pm

    I use a whey protein in my smoothiss and I love it. It never ocurred to me that it was an animal product. Duh! Can you tell I have a LONG way to go… I change one thing at a time.

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:25 pm

      I STILL do this about foods all the time.

  • Marissa C February 28, 2011, 3:53 pm

    Thanks for answering the protein powder question! Actually, my mom is able to order directly from Standard Process due to a course she took years ago (from Dr. Joel Robbins in Tulsa, if that rings a bell). I’ll ask her about it 🙂

    Ditto PP about P90x…relatively little Plyo–you could always sub it out. I think you would like it if you liked 30 day shred. If you do it, I’ll do another round “with” you 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 28, 2011, 3:54 pm

    Fun answers Caitlin 🙂 I am definitely an extrovert and super outgoing (I think we’d be good friends if we ever met.wink wink). I love dessert whey protein powders and my favorite movie is…..Phantom of the Opera, Legally Blonde, Hercules, or any of the Lord of the Rings movies. Super random variety, I know!

  • ~Jessica~ February 28, 2011, 3:58 pm

    May I cheat and answer several questions?

    Favourite Movie: The Shining. Also my favourite book, but it’s odd because I see the two as separate entities entirely in terms of style and approach to the subject matter, but linked in terms of ‘essence’ or aura I suppose…either way, they’re both chilling in such an artful way.

    Protein Powder: Sun Warrior, hands down. Also money down…sadly I have expensive tastes. But it’s the most digestible and palatable vegan protein powder in my opinion. And there’s a chocolate flavour, which is always a plus for me.

    Running: Definitely agree with you. As a kid I was the tubby one always coming last. I was out of breath running the 100m, but through a heck of a lot of work and training I worked up to marathon distance. If I can run, anyone, and I mean anyone, can.

    Thanks so much for opening up the forum for questions 🙂

    I am another Brit with an aching sadness that the US is so stringent with its immigration rules. Practically the only reason I’m doing a PhD is so it can help my case for a Visa!

    • ~Jessica~ February 28, 2011, 4:12 pm

      Oh, and I am definitely an introvert. Even typing comments makes me anxious….

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 28, 2011, 4:04 pm

    I don’t think you’re weird for loving Twilight. One of my favorites too. 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 28, 2011, 4:10 pm

    Wow – great Q & A Caitlin! I loved reading this post!

  • Kelly February 28, 2011, 4:30 pm

    I’m an extrovert and living proof that some people are not “born runners” but can become a runner through hard work and perseverance. I was a chubby asthmatic kid growing up and didn’t hit my athletic stride until the summer before my senior year of college.

  • Lee February 28, 2011, 4:35 pm

    I have another question and it’s because I’m honestly curious and not trying to spark some sort of comparison thing but on average, how many people read your blog each day? You don’t have to answer that if you don’t want to.

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:24 pm

      I emailed you 🙂

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 28, 2011, 4:37 pm

    I’ve been actually questioning whether or not people are born runners or not. I can run pretty well- I ran my first 1/2 marathon in under 2 hours, but I seem to get injured a LOT- most recently with a shin splint. I had a really bad PT session today where my therapist told me that I may have to start again at square one, even though this is my 4th week of therapy. I’ve gone from logging 80+ miles a month to less than 13 in February. With all of the rest I have been doing I am STILL having pain and a TON of tightness in the back of my leg due to my muscles tensing up- not even a minute into the run. I am starting to think that maybe I don’t have the correct biomechanics for running and I may always be plagued with this problem, which of course makes me want to cry every single time I think of it.
    I don’t know though, just my thoughts!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul February 28, 2011, 4:46 pm

    Great Q’s and thank you for the detailed answers Caitlin! 😀 Some of my fave movies are “sound of music” (I know, don’t hate!), “end of the spear”, rockyyyy!!!!!!!! And so far, my fave protein supplements are MRM and Wheybolic from GNC.

  • Justine February 28, 2011, 4:47 pm

    Curious why the hubby doesn’t get American citizenship? My husband is actually British as well (from the Sheffield area) and he is definitely going to get in 3 years when he will be eligible and become a dual citizen. There’s a lot of drawbacks to being a permanent resident like not being able to vote or travel for long periods overseas, yet still have to pay taxes to the IRS.

    To “Kat” who asked about moving to the US, if you get married, you can file directly with the US consulate in Australia and it will take a few months to get it (vs filing from the US which can take a year or so for a spousal visa or 6 months for a fiance visa). Check out as this is a website that covers everything on how to do it. But yes, the US does not allow domestic partners to immigrate to the US…other popular routes include: investor visa (need about $1 million), student visa (need all fees in cash upfront), and diversity lottery, although I don’t think Brits are eligible…best of luck!

    • kat February 28, 2011, 6:47 pm

      Yeah, thought as much, we have looked at all these avenues…..i just cannot believe HOW MUCH it costs to study over there! Madness! Sad about the domestic partners thing, Australia is so open about it. Ah well. Thanks for the website headsup! WIll def check it out 🙂

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:24 pm

      He wants to become a citizen but it’s $1000s so we’ve been saving. Prob in time for the next elections!

      • Justine February 28, 2011, 9:04 pm

        Actually, it’s only $680 ($85 biometrics + $595 for the N-600). Plus maybe $10 for shipping. Oh-and probably another $100 for a US passport if he wants one.

        Where did you get that figure from? You really don’t need a lawyer to file for citizenship if you have a straight-forward case (no long absences, criminal convictions, etc etc); generally you’re paying a lawyer $1000 or more in order to have a $15/hr paralegal to fill out forms that you could fill out yourself. And we hear horror stories about lawyer who fill in the wrong paperwork or give bad advice every day on visajourney…it was a very intimidating process initially for hubby and I, but we managed to get a K1 fiance visa and later adjust status to get a green card by ourselves. In 2 years we will lift conditions on his green card so that he will get a 10 year card and in 3 years, citizenship.

        Of course, yes, it is still a pretty penny for the process…but he is worth it : )

        best of luck in your savings goals!

        • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:16 am

          Oh, sweet! The husband always thought it was much more expensive. Maybe one day soon!

  • mary (what's cookin' with mary) February 28, 2011, 4:48 pm

    I love these posts!!

    I’ve never read or seen any of the Twilight series, but my little sister LOVES them all.

    I too haven’t tried P90x bc my knees are easily injured.

    My favorite protein powder is Sun Warrior. I’ve been using it for about 2 years now and love it.

    I am SUCH an introvert. Most nights, B and I stay home and play PC video games (Battlefield Bad Company 2 mostly)… I know it’s strange bc my friends an fam members tell me ;P It’s hard for me to make new friends and open up. I guess I’m just really hesitant to trust people. I feel like that’s something that a person should earn. I remember sharing my ‘tipping point’ in your comments section and it was SO scary !! But… nothing scary happened after I clicked ‘submit’ 😀 I’ve never actually told that to anyone IRL …

    I loved your photography in this post. You take beautiful pictures too 😉

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:21 pm

      Thank you Mary!

      • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:22 pm

        And never be afraid to show who you are in our blog world – if anything, this group is the most supportive I’ve ever met, in real life or electronically.

  • Tina February 28, 2011, 4:53 pm

    I enjoyed reading your answers! I especially liked your response to the question about negative comments. Having a thick skin is so important! If people take every negative comment to heart, would be never be happy!

  • Kayla February 28, 2011, 4:56 pm

    ECOS Laundry detergent is amazing when it comes to earth friendly cleaning products! The lavender one smells amazing (and works for both regular and HE washers!). I buy it at our local bulk store, and you can also order it online:

  • Zo February 28, 2011, 5:18 pm

    Caitlin, thanks for answering my question about time management. I think I keep pretending it doesn’t require some sort of organization or prep work and keep hoping for “magic.” I appreciate your insights, which reinforce that if I want to get stuff done, it isn’t going to happen by magic.

    On another note, and for what it’s worth, I came to your blog and became part of the blogosphere because of the MC article. I knew nothing about HTP or other healthy living blogs, but the article and the reaction to it really made me think, and made me think about how I get my knowledge/form my opinions.

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:21 pm

      Thanks Zo. It always makes me happy when someone says they found me via MC!

  • Amy February 28, 2011, 5:19 pm

    I’m an introvert 🙂

    Caitlin, I have to say I’m surprised you like Twilight so much, especially with your commitment to Operation Beautiful and your passion for instilling young girls with self-esteem and confidence. I found Bella and Edward’s relationship (though fictional) really disturbing, and IMO the book’s message is dangerous and damaging. YMMV, of course, but I thought I’d mention it. 🙂

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:20 pm

      I know, I know, it’s such rubbish but it’s still such a dreamy romance novel.

      • Amy February 28, 2011, 8:41 pm

        LOL! To each her own.

  • Tricia February 28, 2011, 5:21 pm

    do you take your cell when you run? and where do you keep it?

  • Lizzy February 28, 2011, 5:27 pm

    I’m so jealous that you go through 1 tank of gas a month. i think thats amazing, and makes me love the fact that you can walk, run, bike just about everywhere. i hope to one day not to have to own a car, or atleast live in an area where driving isn’t mandatory! i think its awesome!

    • Allison @ Happy Tales February 28, 2011, 5:40 pm

      I live in Charlotte as well and use about 1 tank of gas every month and a half… it’s amaaaazing! This town is really walkable and everything is close together that you need.

      • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:19 pm

        CLT rules.

  • Allison @ Happy Tales February 28, 2011, 5:40 pm

    Yayyyy I love that you answered my question on household chores, I’ve always wondered how other people handle ’em and split ’em up!

  • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 5:44 pm

    thanks for answering my question!

    to answer my own question, I am most definitely an introvert!

  • VeggieGirl February 28, 2011, 5:49 pm

    Thank you so much for answering! I hope to see you blogging for MANY MANY MANY more years 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 28, 2011, 5:53 pm

    I am an introvert for sure! I would say I’m shy, but not quiet 🙂

  • fawn February 28, 2011, 5:54 pm

    I loved this Q&A section. Will you consider doing them on a regular basis? Like once ever couple of months or so?

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:18 pm

      Sure! 🙂

  • Angela February 28, 2011, 6:08 pm

    For all-natural cleaning products, I recently bought and LOVE the Eureka Enviro-steam floor cleaner. It is seriously the BEST. I used to clean on my hands & knees, and since all it uses is (hot) water, there are absolutely no chemicals at all that get into your surroundings. If you have hardwood or any type of hard flooring I really recommend it. I actually like weekly floor cleaning now. 🙂 Just my two cents….

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:18 pm

      Hahah if it makes cleaning your floor fun, maybe I should look into it.

      • Jayne February 28, 2011, 10:17 pm

        I LOVE my steam cleaner, too. and agree that it’s sort of fun.

        we got it because traditional floor cleaners made our dog sneeze, but it’s been a great option for us all-around!

  • elaine! February 28, 2011, 6:13 pm

    “And my favorite all-time movie is… Twilight? Can I say that without anyone laughing at me?”

    …No, no you can’t. 😉 It’s ok though, I like your blog anyway! 😀

    Also, on the GPS front — if you already have a GPS enabled phone, like an iPhone, I’d recommend an app like RunKeeper. If you carry your phone anyway, might as well make it do double duty. I actually like RunKeeper better than my old-school Garmin, which I’ve started leaving at home.

  • Sarah Lynn February 28, 2011, 6:15 pm

    May I please recommend “Desert Essence” face wash? It’s organic and vegan and totally worth trying. I found it in the “Nature” section of my local grocery store. They have a bunch of products but I’ve only tried the face wash. It works wonders.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 28, 2011, 6:16 pm

    Loved this Q&A!! I was surprised to hear you got such negative comments, too. You’re such an uplifting, positive’d be REALLY hard to find something negative to say. But I guess you can’t please everybody..

  • Dee February 28, 2011, 6:27 pm

    The Q&A was fun to read! I was really happy to hear about your strict deleting policy for negative comments. That is the way to go, ignore and move on.

    I like your question about is there such a thing as a natural runner. I really don’t know, but I took to running long-distance quickly in high school cross country, and I typically experience quick progress when increasing my miles. I took a long break from running (and fitness) which I resumed last June, and was amazed at how quickly I got back into it, physically and mentally. Without injury, which I really worried about after such a long absence. So I wonder if I am a “natural runner” or just got really well-trained in techniques in high school!

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:18 pm

      Thanks for supporting my comment policy!

  • Marysa February 28, 2011, 6:28 pm

    OF COURSE you’re a feminist! Absolutely nothing wrong with the “F” word! We need more women like you speaking out publicly about women’s body issues and equality. You go sista!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life February 28, 2011, 6:28 pm

    I absolutely LOVE “Method” cleaning products (sold are Target.) They’re “eco-friendly”…whatever that means.

  • Allie February 28, 2011, 6:38 pm

    Yay for Twilight!!!!! Hahah 🙂

  • kat February 28, 2011, 6:39 pm

    yay! thanks!

  • monicanelsonfitness February 28, 2011, 6:50 pm

    what great questions AND great answers! you are so great to take the time and put yourself out there. 🙂

    Just love your blog Caitlin. I did not know your husband is British, so cool. 🙂

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:17 pm

      Thank you Monica!

  • Stacie February 28, 2011, 6:53 pm

    In response to the question about a mountain bike for a duathlon, I would highly advise against that. My first duathlon was on a mountain bike and I nearly died. (The bike literally fell apart on the side of the road.) Since then, I have invested on a hybrid which still doesn’t offer the same effectiveness of a road bike, but is a more cost friendly upgrade from the mountain bike.

  • Tricia K February 28, 2011, 7:07 pm

    One of my favorites is A League of Their Own. If that’s on I’ll almost always check it out 🙂 And yay for answering my question!

  • Renée February 28, 2011, 7:36 pm

    These posts are fun 😀

    Favourite movie: Either Back to the Future or The Machinist

    Do you think people are just natural runners? I don’t know, I’m certainly not one of them though!

    Favourite Protein Powder: Spirutein, it’s a tie between unsweetened vanilla and cookie dough!

    And I’m most definitely an introvert. I would like to be more outgoing though, I need to work on my social skills!

  • Kim @ Spoonful Of Sass February 28, 2011, 7:57 pm

    Hi Caitlin! Such fun Q&A posts! I’ve only been reading for a couple of months, but I feel like I know you so well!

    I was reading a NY Times article today and thought of you! Check out, Go Easy On Yourself, A New Wave of Research Urges on the NY Times website. I also linked it (and you, cause it seemed so appropriate) in my blog.

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:16 pm

      Nice! thanks for the plug.

  • Ashley February 28, 2011, 8:30 pm

    I really love these FAQs! They’re so fun.
    I really don’t have a favorite movie, maybe Young Frankenstein
    Idk about the natural running thing. I want to say yes anyone can run, but at the same time so many people get injured.
    My protein powder is really gross unless I mix it into something that hides the taste so no recommendations there.
    I think I’m an extrovert, I can be very social, but I would rather be at home reading a book then at a kegger. Small groups are good. 🙂

  • Amanda February 28, 2011, 9:37 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that, like a few other readers, I too came to your blog cause of the MC article. I actually read the article feeling like it was kind of bogus and checked out some of the blogs out of curiousity. Now I love your blog and read it everyday!
    Keep up the good work!

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:18 am

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Anne February 28, 2011, 9:40 pm

    Movie- Fearless w/Jeff Bridges
    I think anyone can learn to run
    Dessert brand protein powder flavor bannana bread
    I am an extrovert!

  • Jess February 28, 2011, 9:57 pm

    To respond to Steph’s question about meal-planning: I sit down every Thursday and make a plan for the week, a grocery list, and go grocery shopping. I usually use because there are so many different types of recipes there. I just do a search for whatever I’m in the mood for — say, “kale” — and scroll through the results until I find something tasty. I also find that posting the menu on the fridge decreases the chance that we’ll go for take-out on a whim, since we’re looking forward to a particular meal. AND, I rarely repeat recipes — it keeps things interesting. We do keep a rating system, however, for weeks when I’m too busy to really plan all-new meals. Hope that helps!

    • Erin February 28, 2011, 10:45 pm

      I have some great menu planners for menu planning! And I am offering people the Wildtree products in bundles with recipes to make meals ahead of time and freeze!

  • Beth February 28, 2011, 10:01 pm

    I started looking into safer beauty products last year. I love the cosmetic database to look up ratings of beauty products I use and can search for products with a healthy rating. I started using Ava Anderson Non-toxic skin care treatment and cosmetics. They are great – smell very fresh and my skin looks great. They have a new shampoo – I haven’t tried it yet, but I hear it is great!

  • Kristen February 28, 2011, 10:55 pm

    First of all I love these Q&As. But I was SO shocked to see that people will be so mean to a blogger! I mean I can understand people saying, that recipe looks gross, but to call someone a “stupid B**Ch”. I just started my blog, I guess Ill need to work on some thick skin haha

    and I agree with you about the feminist question.

  • Courtney February 28, 2011, 11:06 pm

    My favorite movie ever is Dirty Dancing. I have literally watched it around 200 times and I still crave it often! I was heartbroken by PAtrick Swayze’s death! 🙁

  • Allison @ Happy Tales February 28, 2011, 11:12 pm

    Oh, and I just have to pipe in on this…. i LOOOVE windows live writer!!! So much easier than using the wordpress interface…. by a landslide!

  • endo doc February 28, 2011, 11:26 pm

    i am an endocrinologist, and i just want to respond to karen’s question (though probably she won’t read this). muscle cramps, weakness, and fatigue during your workouts are NOT symptoms of anemia. additionally, B12 deficiency is exceptionally rare, even in vegans (like me) and also does not cause such symptoms. B12 stores are worked through very very slowly, and a deficiency would lead your physician to check the integrity of your GI mucosa or saliva, rather than investigate your diet.
    in any case, you probably aren’t getting enough potassium, or are losing too much by some route. do what caitlin says and chug coconut water during your workouts (also before), and try to eat a banana before you work out. you should notice a difference. occasionally cramps & fatigue can be due to dehydration, so coconut water helps to fend off both causes. if you do not feel better, please see your doctor and have your blood chemistry checked. you may be dealing with a severe deficiency requiring supplementation of potassium and/or sodium.

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:26 am

      Hi! Thanks for adding your professional experience!

      What is symptoms of anemia during exercise? I thought feeling weak was the #1 sign.

      • endo doc March 1, 2011, 12:44 pm

        yes weakness and fatigue definitely are the symptoms of anemia. also, a lower tolerance for exercise, especially aerobic. anemia is iron deficiency. iron lives in your red blood cells, and is the element that forms the heme part of hemoglobin, which allows your RBCs to bind and transport oxygen to the organs in your body. so you can imagine if you dont have enough iron, you won’t be able to carry oxygen as readily, and you’ll get winded and fatigued more quickly. but the primary difference that i want to point out in terms of karen, is the anemic will feel this way all the time. she’ll fall asleep as soon as she sits down, even if she isn’t tired. reading, watching movies, watching tv, sitting in class–your anemic will probably promptly fall asleep. primarily, there’s an intense inexplicable fatigue. sometimes an increased appetite. additionally, it doesn’t really cause cramping so much as a generalized fatigue. hope that helps!

        • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 1:02 pm

          Thanks!!! Great advice.

  • JenATX February 28, 2011, 11:40 pm

    I dont think you’re are stupid bitch, I think you’re an AWESOME bitch! (& i mean bitch in the fun, non-rude way ha). I can’t believe anyone would ever take the time to send such a negative message.. just a waste.
    Anyway, fav movie is Princess Bride. What a great story huh?

  • Jolene ( March 1, 2011, 12:02 am

    I am going to NY in April too!!!! The hubby and I went last Easter and absolutely fell in LOVE with Manhattan. It is also so beautiful in the spring 🙂

    I have to recommend LIVE CLEAN shampoo and conditioners. They are priced well … you can buy them anywhere (Walmart even) and they are vegan and actually work really well and leave your hair feeling soft and nice just like any other shampoo. They are the only organic/paraban free hair products that I like.

  • Caroline March 1, 2011, 6:27 am

    Just remember that with more natural shampoos you don’t have the sudsing ingredient because it really is just there to make you think it’s working!

  • marykate March 1, 2011, 9:50 am

    i just wanted to mention that i use vodka and water to clean with, as has my mom for years. i giggle every time i go into a liquor store and buy a huge bottle of their cheapest vodka, but it really does the trick and i love that it is natural and scent free and that i don’t have to worry about it being near food or clean dishes. just remember that it’s flammable (especially if you have a gas stove). i have heard my mom say that people with kids/teenagers can put tabasco or something in it, to make sure it is unpalatable as a drink! i’m not sure on the details there, though. more info about vodka as a cleaner here:

  • Amber K March 1, 2011, 11:07 am

    I am totally with you on being a feminist and still believing in chivalry!! 🙂

    And I’m also horrible at stretching. I just want to take a shower immediately after working out and I know I should stretch while my muscles are warm. So yeah…it usually just doesn’t happen!

  • kristin March 1, 2011, 12:22 pm

    yahhh! i had SO MUCH FUN meeting you! hopefully we can do it again soon 🙂 Thanks again for having us!

    also – people seriously comment and say such mean things? that’s the most ridiculous thing ever! people are CRAZY!

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good March 1, 2011, 12:43 pm

    Thank you for your feedback regarding the duathlon! Well, the one I was looking at has a 22 mile bike portion, so it might not be the best idea with my mountain bike… Thanks again!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy March 2, 2011, 1:16 pm

    I love that you only use one tank of gas per month! My mom has been mixing water with dish soap and using it to clean counters, etc. I think she read that in Oprah’s magazine? Saves money and is pretty friendly!

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