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Please excuse me – this post is complete randomness.  I think I’m sleep deprived from traveling.


Catching up on the weekend?


The Husband and I ran the Spring 5K with Girls on the Run.  Our girls did great, my knee held up, and the event was a huge success – over 4,000 girls + supporters attended!


We also house hunted until I could barely see straight.  My mind is still reeling from the possibilities – won’t you weigh in on your favorite house so far? 

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(Side note: yesterday, I submitted an application to be on House Hunters.  Yes, really.)


And we celebrated the Husband’s birthday in style at the Quail Hollow golf tournament.  Beer and French fries galore!  Happy 27th birthday to my best friend.

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And last, but certainly not least, I boarded a plane to South Dakota so I can give two Operation Beautiful presentations today in a small town in Minnesota called Ivanhoe.


Many native Minnesota readers have commented that they’ve never heard of Ivanhoe so it must be really small.  You are right!  In fact, this is how small it is:


Ivanhoe is less than 10 blocks wide, or 0.9 square miles.  Only 559 people live in Ivanhoe!


So, I’ll be back at lunchtime, but until then…


Please check out the Blogger Baby Shower by Callie


She wrote me to say, “It has been a busy two weeks in the news. Before we were distracted by the Royal Wedding and Osama bin Laden’s death, we were stunned to see the tornadoes that ravaged Alabama and surrounding areas. But those images are now yesterday’s news. Unfortunately, it is still very much a reality for the people living there.  People like my little sister.  That’s right – my little sister lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, just blocks away from where the tornado ripped through the town. She is fine, thank God, but her job as a bank teller brings her in contact every day with people who have lost everything. She has been volunteering with a local church and discovered that one of the greatest needs they have are baby items – simple things like diapers, formula and onesies. As a soon-to-be mom, it breaks my heart to think of mothers who have lost everything and are trying to take care of their babies at the same time. I can’t imagine not having those simple things like diapers or food for my child. As soon as I heard the need, I wanted to do something to help.”


Want to help Callie and her virtual Blogger Baby Shower? Simply visit the Tuscaloosa Tornado Baby Registry on Amazon and purchase baby products that will help the residents of Northport, Alabama.  Great idea, right? 



  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun May 9, 2011, 7:42 am

    I feel all over the place today too. Just emotional and tired. Here’s hoping we both feel more normal soon!

  • Laura @ LauraLikesDesign May 9, 2011, 7:45 am

    Yeah! I’m from MN too and have never heard of that town. Enjoy your stay here though!

  • Sophia @ Raven Waves May 9, 2011, 7:49 am

    Today seems like a random out there day for me too. Hope ya feel back to normal soon!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 9, 2011, 7:49 am

    Yep – I live in MN and had to look up where Ivanhoe is. I didn’t realize it was that small though! Have fun at your presentation today!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 9, 2011, 7:54 am

    Looks like a busy but super fun weekend!! I hope your presentations go well Caitlin – I’m sure they will love you! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 9, 2011, 7:59 am

    I am with you on the randomness. It feels like I’m all over the place right now. This week is going to be crazy! Good luck on the presentations! I know you’ll do great!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 9, 2011, 8:10 am

    that is such an amazing idea, the blogger baby shower. thanks for spreading the message and the love, caitlin! 🙂

  • Samantha Angela May 9, 2011, 8:17 am

    Have you ever seen the show Property Virgins on HGTV? It’s awesome. I like it a lot better than House Hunters. You should apply to be on that show.

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 9, 2011, 8:17 am

    Enjoy your stay in tiny Ivanhoe. I love tiny towns!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) May 9, 2011, 8:20 am

    Have a great presentation!!!

  • Laurie May 9, 2011, 8:20 am

    I love the way that little girl is hugging you. Our 5k is this week.

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) May 9, 2011, 8:21 am

    oh I hope to see you on House Hunters–Property Virgins would be a good one too!

  • Meaghan May 9, 2011, 8:35 am

    I am praying for your sister as well as the people in her town! That is such a difficult situation- but such a great idea to support them online! I hope all goes well with your presentations today!

  • Kris May 9, 2011, 8:42 am

    Add another MN native who barely had heard of Ivanhoe (I think my uncle’s first medical practice was in that area when he got out of the Navy after WWII). I’m sure everyone will be nice — Minnesotans might be reserved, but they’re always very hospitable 🙂 Have a great day!

  • Heather May 9, 2011, 8:47 am

    looks like a fun and busy weekend!
    House hunting was madening the first time, and knowing exactly what we wanted we just decided to build a house!
    good luck deciding!

  • Molly @ RDexposed May 9, 2011, 8:49 am

    House hunting is exhausting yet exciting. Keep chugging along!

  • Baking 'n' Books May 9, 2011, 8:56 am

    Oh my God – you are TOTALLY going to be on House Hunters! I know it! That’s what I need…someone to pick for me! 😉

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 9, 2011, 8:59 am

    Wow! That is a tiny town – and I hope you get on House Hunters!

  • Errign May 9, 2011, 9:00 am

    Good luck with your presentations today – you’ll rock the sh!t out of ’em! 🙂

  • Callie Jo May 9, 2011, 9:19 am

    Oh my goodness! I know Ivanhoe, MN. This is a very rural area near the South Dakota/Minnesota border. I am from a very small town in South Dakota – population 350. That is so awesome that they got you to do a presentation for them! Enjoy seeing a lot openness and probably lots of cows!!! Good luck at your presentation!!!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me May 9, 2011, 9:20 am

    Those poor people. I can’t imagine having nowhere to go and no way to get help. So sad!

  • Aja May 9, 2011, 9:25 am

    My mom and I was House Hunters and Property Virgins all the time. I hope you can find a place you like! And I hope everything works out. Good luck!

  • salah@myhealthiestlifestyle May 9, 2011, 9:32 am

    That would be so awesome if you got on House Hunters!!!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans May 9, 2011, 9:33 am

    The virtual baby shower is a great idea! What a thoughtful way to give back to people in need 🙂

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well May 9, 2011, 9:42 am

    Hope you’re having fun. 🙂 Also, the baby shower is such a great idea!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life May 9, 2011, 9:49 am

    What a whirlwind few days! You get my vote for House Hunters–would love to see you on it!

  • Lindsey May 9, 2011, 9:52 am

    Wow, this is so amazing! I am a student at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and I too live on the street that was completely wiped out. I’ve been out in the city volunteering since it happened two weeks ago, and it is surreal and extraordinarily sobering and humbling. Thank you so much for promoting Callie and her beautiful ministry- Tuscaloosa says thank you, too!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy May 9, 2011, 9:56 am

    That IS a great idea and I’m sure you will be chosen for House Hunters. I just know it 😉

  • Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted May 9, 2011, 10:16 am

    What a tiny place! Looking forward to hearing how your talks go!

  • E May 9, 2011, 10:51 am

    I saw the info about the Blogger Baby Shower on Daily Garnish, too. I’ll definitely be helping out – I think it’s a great idea!

    (hope to see ya on House Hunters!)

  • Kacy May 9, 2011, 10:52 am

    That’s even smaller than the town I grew up in! Didn’t think it was possible!

  • Summer May 9, 2011, 11:25 am

    Thanks for helping to bring awareness about what’s going on in Alabama (and all of the South). I’m from Birmingham, near some of the hardest-hit areas (luckily my apartment building was spared). I volunteered on Saturday, and it’s just a wasteland. So many lost so much—I think the Blogger Baby Shower is a wonderful concept. When I went out on Saturday, the group I was with had mostly diapers, wipes, formula, and hygiene kits. It’s amazing the little things we take for granted.

  • Amber K May 9, 2011, 11:43 am

    The blogger baby shower is such a great idea!

  • Amanda May 9, 2011, 12:06 pm

    Ahh House Hunters, I love it! I think you’re in the perfect spot to be on it, too. If I remember correctly (from when I wanted to apply to that, the other buying show – Home Virgins or something?! No, I know it wasn’t HOME VIRGINS, but I know that word was in there somewhere)….but you go on the show with your top three AND your realtor. It’s great marketing for your realtor so they better give you major props if you end up on the show.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 9, 2011, 12:12 pm

    That is such a tiny town!! I grew up in a small town like that, though and loved ever minute of it. Not sure if I’d love it now that I’m older and might get bored in going roller skating everyday…but it gave me tons of memories back in the day

  • KatieTX May 9, 2011, 12:47 pm

    I applied to be on House Hunters 🙂 They will email you I promise. They are really nice! My fiance and I have put our house hunt on hold for now, but they told me to email them again when we were ready. Fun stuff! I love the show.

    I totally agree about the situation in Alabama; it got no media attention. My cousin goes to University of Alabama and the area is still really struggling. So glad a relief effort is being made now!

  • Katherine: Unemployed May 9, 2011, 12:50 pm

    it is so awesome that your husband supports you by participating in your events! what are his hobbies?

    • CaitlinHTP May 9, 2011, 12:53 pm

      he likes: ESPN, coaching GOTR, working on his business, and ESPN 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 9, 2011, 12:55 pm

    SO cool that you are presenting today!!! I bet it went well 🙂 House hunters, ehh??? 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple May 9, 2011, 1:08 pm

    Good luck with the presentations today! Public speaking is not one of my favorite activities, so I feel for you 🙂 Just let your passion take over your nerves, though!

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 9, 2011, 1:15 pm

    That’s a great event. Thanks for sharing! The people of Alabama have really banded together to support the victims. I’m so proud to call it home.

  • Selena May 9, 2011, 2:45 pm

    I’m cleaning out since I’m now done having babies. I’ve gotten rid of a lot, but I have a box of 12 month girl clothes that I’m happy to ship off for the cause if I have an address to send them to. Any idea?

  • Jaclyn May 9, 2011, 2:45 pm

    What a crazybusy weekend you have had – looks like it was busy but a lot of fun though!! 4,000 people at GOTR?!!????? I had NO idea, that’s an AMAZING turnout!!! The golf tourney and possible HH sounds like fun too 😀 WOw!

    Thanks again for helping me with my COM study this morning, fun getting your responses!!
    Good luck in MN today, I know you will rock the talks!! Oh, and I LOVE the BBS idea – I definitely want to support that! <3

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily May 9, 2011, 3:15 pm

    If you get on to house hunters that would be amazing. I loooove that show.

  • Holley @ Lunges and Lashes May 9, 2011, 3:37 pm

    we are obsessed with house hunters!!! you totally need to get on! how fun is that! oh, i am crossing my fingers for you, i would love seeing you on there!

  • Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 9, 2011, 4:11 pm

    what a lovely idea! good luck on house hunters!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) May 9, 2011, 4:52 pm

    I grew up in south central MN and have heard of Ivanhoe–I think I’ve been there??

  • Rebecca May 9, 2011, 6:30 pm

    That would be so cool if you got on House Hunters! I’d definitely watch it! Good luck with your house hunt!

  • Kristina May 20, 2011, 8:29 pm

    Good luck with your application for House Hunters! I love the show and applied for House Hunters International this past February. I will be moving to Luxembourg in August and was responding to a casting call posted on a Luxembourg message board. After patiently waiting three months they recently contacted me and I will be talking with a casting producer this weekend. Best wishes for your candidacy!

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