Oh, Happy Day

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Thank you, thank you for your kind donations!  As of right now, Tonya, her husband, and their two children have received $5,919 in donations.  It was AMAZING to watch the donations roll in.  I never could’ve predicted the positive response.  Tonya says thank you!


If you can believe it, my day included a trip to the dentist to get two cavities filled and a trip to the lady doctor for my annual exam.  Now, I do not know what I was thinking when I scheduled these appointments on the same day!  And normally, that would be the magical formula for a very blah day indeed, but my ENTIRE DAY was so much brighter because of your kindness!  You all managed to turn my frown upside-down in so many ways today.


Post-teeth drillin’ smoothie.  In the blender:  frozen banana, frozen strawberries, rice milk, chia seeds, sunflower butter, and brown rice protein powder.


Leftover macaroni and cauliflower casserole and scrambled eggs with spinach once my anesthesia-ed jaw came back to life!  I made this Real Simple recipe for the casserole on Sunday, and it froze really well for dinner tonight.


I spent the afternoon locked in FABO Café working on my book and drinkin’ iced coffee.


…And I spent the evening at Petite Philippe working on my book and drinkin’ a glass of pinot noir.


Self-employed people must office-hop for maximum productivity.  It works; I’m telling you!  Sometimes I go to three locations in a day and write!


Dinner featured QUINOA.  Quinoa for breakfast, quinoa for dinner.  It’s a wonderful thing.  Ready in 5 minutes when you boil it. 


All mixed together:


  • Boiled quinoa
  • 1/4 cup white bean basil hummus (from Trader Joe’s)
  • Stir-fried broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Goat cheese


We had Angela’s date bars for dessert.


Oh, and I did something cra-azy…  I shall explain tomorrow!


Aaaaand I just realized that tweet violated the Stop Cursing Challenge.  Fudgesicles!



  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 31, 2011, 9:15 pm

    I can’t believe how mnay people this blog reaches out too. I am absolutely amazed at hoe much money everyone has pitched in for TOnya already. Have you thought about doing a blogger bake sale? I know you’re busy, but I think that would raise a lot of money! I would definitely participate!

    • CaitlinHTP May 31, 2011, 9:17 pm

      Thank you Chelsey! I bet a bake sale would be so much fun. Maybe I’ll do that in a month or so! I appreciate it.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 31, 2011, 9:22 pm

    I am so happy to see the amount of $$$ raised in such a short time!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 31, 2011, 9:24 pm

    I don’t consider WTF actually cursing 😉
    What amazing support for Tonya and her family!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 31, 2011, 9:27 pm

    your day deserves more than some date bars (which thank you for re-affirming that they ARE fabulous..i shall be making them soon) but your day deserves some wine or jello shots or something. lol

    a trip to the dentist AND the gyno..on the same day? You, my dear, need to go sit down and crack the vino and watch some mindless tv or something that you deem 100% relaxation b/c you deserve it 🙂

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith May 31, 2011, 9:30 pm

    What The Fudgesicles?


  • Paige @Running Around Normal May 31, 2011, 9:30 pm

    Ahh sorry about the back to back appointments. I hope they went ok otherwise. And that’s so awesome about everyone’s generosity:)

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) May 31, 2011, 9:35 pm

    That duathlon looks like the best thing ever. I want to enter it.

  • Abby May 31, 2011, 9:38 pm

    Awesome support! 🙂 I always hop from place to place when studying! lol. It spreads the business around and I get to enjoy more spots! Love it!

  • Michelle May 31, 2011, 9:41 pm

    WTF isn’t cursing! {Neither is saying “effing” for that matter}. Cursing is when your {someday} kids say the word(s) and you think “oh shiz, I can’t believe they just said that.” 🙂

  • Melissa May 31, 2011, 9:45 pm

    WTF means What the Franks
    or for the veggie lovers out there
    What the Fruit!
    or if you love breakfast (like I do), just add a T
    WTFT= What the French Toast!

    • Caitlin June 1, 2011, 9:29 am

      what the french toast is the BEST.

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat May 31, 2011, 9:46 pm

    Go YOU!! I’m floored by how much you’ve fundraised already!

    I think I’m going to try office-hopping this summer, as I am freelance/contract employee for one job and studying for the bar examination at the same time. I definitely need any boost of productivity I can get!

  • jen @ taste life May 31, 2011, 9:57 pm

    Great news about the donations! And I second the idea about the blogger bake sale!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 31, 2011, 9:58 pm

    Yikes, that was quite the day! Congtrats on raising the money. We really do have such an incredible community!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 31, 2011, 10:03 pm

    That’s SO amazing about the donations!!!! I’m glad everyone was able to do so much! Espscially you for putting it all together!

  • Natalie @ Point The Weigh May 31, 2011, 10:04 pm

    I think for a challenge like that, you deserve a little panic!! Can’t wait to hear all about it tomorrow!

    Congrats on the donations; it’s definitely a worthy cause!! I get goosebumps every time I read about her story!

  • Maria @ Chasing the Now May 31, 2011, 10:09 pm

    I think you can totally rock that race!

    P.S. Dentist and Gyno in one day is my vision of Hell.

  • Mandy May 31, 2011, 10:55 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I found your blog through peanut butter fingers and think youre awesome! I saw some post-its at my gym the other day that said “you are beautiful just the way you are” and I had no idea it all started from you! I think Operation Beautiful is great thing and I am looking forward to following your blog!

    Also- I just checked out the marie claire atricle article and your response. I am so shocked than anyone can spin what you – and other healthy lifestyle bloggers – do into a negative, unhealthy “addiction”. It is so insane, especially when looking at all the unhealthy images magazines like Marie Claire put out there. I support you 100%- keep at it! You go girl!

    • Caitlin June 1, 2011, 9:29 am

      Hi Mandy! Thank you so much for your support 🙂 It is appreciated. Hope you stick around!

  • kristen May 31, 2011, 11:02 pm

    YEA!!!!! I think you will do great!

  • Sana May 31, 2011, 11:02 pm

    Thank you for being a person that cares:)

  • Brittany May 31, 2011, 11:09 pm

    You’re awesome! You’re gonna do great this weekend 🙂 Glad that everyone was able to do so much good for Tonya and her family 🙂

  • Floey May 31, 2011, 11:09 pm

    Just watching the day fold out and how much you helped Tonya totally made my day today. Thank you for showing us the power of friendship, togetherness, and how one woman can make such a difference! 🙂

    • Caitlin June 1, 2011, 9:28 am

      <3 thank you!

  • Kim May 31, 2011, 11:18 pm

    So glad that the money raising is going well. Thoughts are with her and her family.

  • Khushboo June 1, 2011, 12:07 am

    U make quinoa look so easy- I always either undercook it or cook it too long that it’s a soggy mess! SO pleased about the amount donated- you really are something special Caitlin.

  • Marissa C June 1, 2011, 12:26 am

    Just an FYI–I had an “account restricted” error come up when I tried to donate. Eventually, I got through, but I was charged 3 times on my credit card. This triggered my card’s fraud protection alert. I don’t know if it was just a weird glitch, but if anyone else had something similar happen today, that is probably the reason why.

    • Caitlin June 1, 2011, 9:27 am

      Oh my goodness! I am so sorry you were charged three times. Did you get it sorted out?

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul June 1, 2011, 4:35 am

    wow this is soooo funny! I am just now posting about the date bars I adapted from Angela today! haha cool. you know what? I agree that changing locations helps with work/study! I do that a lot too

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 1, 2011, 5:41 am

    You are not crazy for signing up for the duathalon.. just motivated! 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 1, 2011, 8:16 am

    The blog world always amazes me with its generosity. That’s amazing how much was raised for Tonya and her family in such a short time! 🙂

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 1, 2011, 8:17 am

    I can’t believe that there are over $5000 in donations! The power of the blog world and internet always amaze me 🙂

    Wow a duathalon sounds like the perfect goal to work towards!

  • Sam June 1, 2011, 8:19 am

    wow! it’s up to almost 9,000! I just donated 🙂 Good luck in your duathalon!

    • Caitlin June 1, 2011, 9:27 am

      Thank you!

  • Michelle {Minding our Peas and Carrots} June 1, 2011, 8:25 am

    I am so excited about your quinoa recipe! Just bought some yesterday, and it gave me some ideas on how to use it! Can’t wait to hear about your duathalon! I am wanting to do one…maybe I will take the leap too!

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 1, 2011, 8:32 am

    I enjoyed the WTF if that makes the slip up any better! hahaha.

  • Marissa June 1, 2011, 8:40 am

    I just picked up my very first box of quinoa over the weekend! I spent so much time on your breakfast page looking at all the delicious, sweet quinoa ideas. Can’t wait to try them!

    • Caitlin June 1, 2011, 9:25 am

      Yay! Quinoa rules.

  • Laura @ Starting Out Fit June 1, 2011, 8:49 am

    Oh yum!! anything with goat’s cheese makes me practically drool all over my key board! 😉

  • Charlie June 1, 2011, 8:49 am

    Office-hop definitely works! It’s what I do when I study for midterms & finals ;).

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) June 1, 2011, 10:30 am

    I’m behind on both those kinds of appointments… =/

  • ashleigh June 1, 2011, 11:04 am

    What a delicious day of veg eats! I want everything you ate!

  • Amber K June 1, 2011, 11:35 am

    Wow, that is so cool that so much money was raised! Her story is so tragic and inspiring at the same time.

  • Danielle @ InDeesKitchen June 1, 2011, 12:01 pm

    So amazing what a group of people who care can do!!

  • Katie @ peacebeme June 1, 2011, 12:06 pm

    I don’t think WTF counts! (seriously)

  • Natalia - a side of simple June 1, 2011, 1:27 pm

    I think a curse for such an endeavor doesn’t even count 😉

  • JenATX June 1, 2011, 1:52 pm

    i agree that WTF doesnt count! although, I wouldn’t say it around an employer or my grandparents so maybe it does count? idk!

  • Dee June 1, 2011, 2:54 pm

    Cafe “office” hopping is a great way to stay motivated for a long writing project. It was the only way I managed to finish my dissertation!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life June 1, 2011, 3:40 pm

    Amazing–super way to use your blog to make a profound difference!

  • Tara June 4, 2011, 12:30 am

    do you have any recommendations for protein powder? I’ve gone veg but feel like I am not getting enough protein. I make smoothies all the time so I thought it would be a good spot to add some in. Not sure if you’ve done a post on this before or not. Thanks 🙂

    • Caitlin June 4, 2011, 11:31 am

      Hi there! I drink a dairy-free protein powder by Standard Process (you have to get it through a doc, if you want to buy it from the clinic, you can email my husband and he’ll order it for you! kboyle@holisticcharlotte.com). But I’ve also heard good things about Sunwarrior.

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