Ever wonder what a stranger would think if they looked at all the photos on your cell phone?


Here’s what I learned about myself from flipping through 936 iPhone photos, taken over the last two years:


My dad has a sweet bike.


I sleep like a corpse.


I post a LOT of Operation Beautiful notes.


I run… a lot.


Maggie is the best sleeping buddy.


I have a lot of shirts.


I used to bike ride really, really long distances (and eat a lot of food along the way).


You cannot superglue a broken bike shoe.


I was not the virgin.


My husband graduated top of his class!


The best part of a wedding is waiting for it to begin.


I can stuff a mean swag bag. 


My husband is good at meditation.  I am good at taking photos of him meditating.


I lay in bed with my dogs a lot.


Blue hair looks pretty good on me.


My dogs are destructive.


And they like to shove their poop into the baseboards of the bathroom.


Sometimes, people ask me to sign my book!


Enough said.


North Carolina is awesome.


Bloggers are slowly taking over bookstores!


I smile like an cheeseball for photographs.


I go to the supermarket in pajamas.


And sometimes, people are actually insane enough to trust me with important stuff, like holding the wedding rings.



  • Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure July 27, 2011, 4:07 pm

    I love them, I did the same thing a while back and put them in a slide show :o)

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 27, 2011, 4:07 pm

    Funny you posted this because I just, for the first time imported all my iPhone photos onto my computer last night which is 2 years worth too. It’s kinda of fun to look through them all.

  • Kelly July 27, 2011, 4:10 pm

    I love the little wrinkly bits on Maggie’s legs!

  • Cali July 27, 2011, 4:15 pm

    Oh God, the smushed poo! Why would they smush it? Please don’t answer that!

    • CaitlinHTP July 27, 2011, 4:16 pm

      I think it’s in an attempt to hide it.

    • Kristie July 27, 2011, 10:31 pm

      My brothers would die if they knew I was sharing this, but since I know they would never in a million years read healthy living blogs… they both used to smear their poop on the walls in the bedroom. And they were definitely old enough to know better! My poor Mom.

      • Caitlin July 28, 2011, 8:07 am


  • Sarah for Real July 27, 2011, 4:16 pm

    Cute post! My phone is filled with pics of my dog… Food… and the kitchen sink. Literally, my new kitchen sink.

  • Allie July 27, 2011, 4:17 pm

    This was a very cool post! I liked seeing 2 years of your life in phone pictures 😀

  • Kamaile July 27, 2011, 4:18 pm

    Your dog’s are adorable. Love Maggie’s ear back in the pic of the two of them!

  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey July 27, 2011, 4:19 pm

    What a fun post!
    When I couldn’t sleep last night, I was looking at all the old photos on my OLD flip-phone (which I now use as an alarm clock). They were hilarious! Of course, now I don’t have a way to get them off of there though – hopefully I did already, and just don’t recall which folder they are in on my desktop.


  • Laura @ Starting Out Fit July 27, 2011, 4:21 pm

    Love this post!!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 27, 2011, 4:23 pm

    Great post! Ive only had my iphone about 4-5 months and already, can’t imagine my life (or my blog) without it! 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg July 27, 2011, 4:27 pm

    I need to take a look at my old cell phone photos. I’m sure I have a few gems on there as well.

  • Jen July 27, 2011, 4:27 pm

    I do the same thing with looking at old facebook photos people tagged me in! It’s so fun to reminisce!

    By the way, I have a question that should be left on your last post, but since I’m already here, how long do you steam your kale for?!

  • Angie July 27, 2011, 4:28 pm

    Fab! I’ve just changed my iPhone and was looking through my photos from the last year. I took a lot of food photos trying to copy my favourite bloggers 🙂

  • Julia H. (The Petite Spiel) July 27, 2011, 4:30 pm

    I’m a corpse-sleeper, too!
    My mom teases me so much for it. In fact, apparently any time I sleep in her bed (yes, she sometimes likes to have “sleepovers” when I come home from college for breaks…so corny), she feels the need to check that I’m still breathing because I don’t change position while sleeping!

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair July 27, 2011, 4:36 pm

    HA! Love this post. I use my iPhone 4 more than my point-and-shoot camera now-a-days. I swear it takes just as good of photos.

    I’ve only had my iPhone since April though and already have 466 photos on it. Yikes!! Also, I have been reading your blog for 2 years this means because I remember the post when you got your iPhones and surprised the hubs by stuffing it into the couch cushions 😉 (not a stalker, just have a really good memory. hahaha)

  • Joyce @ Jranola Joyce July 27, 2011, 4:38 pm

    Your dad’s bike! is amazing!:)
    and love the blue hair haha
    just ate pudding/ice creamish with things like chocolate, honey and avocado in it…
    i can’t stop. hahahahaah ah!

  • Sam July 27, 2011, 4:42 pm

    This is a sweet post 🙂 I bet my boyfriend would be very impressed by .99 beers!! I recently lost my ipod touch and keep thinking about the pictures that i never got to upload! 🙁

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me July 27, 2011, 4:47 pm

    LOL this is awesome. I love those pink shoes!

  • D July 27, 2011, 4:49 pm

    Ugh, I was eating! Pleaseee don’t post pics of dog sh*t on your blog…imagine saying “My baby poos all the time, here’s a picture of a dirty diaper”…it’s only cute or funny when it’s YOUR animals or babies!

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION July 27, 2011, 4:49 pm

    I love this post! We can learn a lot about ourselves from pics, I think. 😀

  • becca (bellebottoms) July 27, 2011, 5:01 pm

    I TOTALLY sleep like a corpse too! and photos with your dogs are the best…why are pets so photogenic? not fair, I tell ya!

  • Nicole July 27, 2011, 5:01 pm

    Fun idea—not all of my photos are appropriate for public viewing.

  • Allison @ Happy Tales July 27, 2011, 5:06 pm

    What a neat post!!!

  • courtney (pancakes and postcards) July 27, 2011, 5:09 pm

    Haha. I think about this ALL THE TIME! I have billions of (often gross) food pictures on my cell phone and I never post them and I wonder what people would think.

    And for what it’s worth I thought the dog poo photo was hilarious 🙂

  • Johanna B July 27, 2011, 5:21 pm

    Loved this series of snapshots. Made for a fun read/look.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) July 27, 2011, 5:24 pm

    I have a lot of snapshots of recipes (from the computer screen) on my phone… no smartphone, so I gotta make do!

    And that picture of poop… ack!

  • Britney July 27, 2011, 5:29 pm

    I just went to Matt Logelin’s website, and his story is so heartbreaking. A high school classmate of mine just died at 25 from complications from childbirth (about two weeks ago). I’ll definitely have to check out the birth.

  • Nicole (Mrs. Muffins) July 27, 2011, 5:45 pm

    Love it. I love using my cell to take pics. The BEST moments happen when you aren’t carrying an SLR, lol! I can’t believe you posted the poop. Yes, actually, I can. That’s why I read your blog and love it!

  • Anne P July 27, 2011, 6:01 pm

    Yesssss CorpseHTP!!!!

  • Brittney July 27, 2011, 6:04 pm

    Haha, love this 🙂

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 27, 2011, 6:18 pm

    Hahaha! This is awesome. I love going through old phone photos like that.

  • Carey @ Positively Blonde July 27, 2011, 6:22 pm

    So cute! Loved this post!!

  • Jessica July 27, 2011, 6:28 pm

    Just made your chickpeas from yesterday! EPIC

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul July 27, 2011, 6:40 pm

    oh man! I would be so scared holding on to someone’s wedding ring!! haha

  • Alaina July 27, 2011, 7:08 pm

    You are totally rocking that Katy Perry wig! 🙂

  • Sarah July 27, 2011, 7:13 pm

    Wow – only 936 photos in 2 years?! I’ve got over 600 in just over 2 months!! BUT I don’t have a camera – that’s my excuse! 😀

    And your dad has a totally cool bike – I absolutely LOVE it!

  • Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 27, 2011, 7:25 pm

    I love looking back at old cell phone photos! I actually have a file on my computer of old cell phone photos from previous phones

  • Hillary July 27, 2011, 7:30 pm

    Looking back on my cell photos is one of my favorite things to do. So random 99% of the time.

  • Bee Goes Bananas July 27, 2011, 7:31 pm

    What a fun post! I can’t wait to have my phone for two years and look back at the photos!

  • Emily July 27, 2011, 8:08 pm

    Oh wow! If anybody found my phone, they would see my food (obsession) passion clearly. I always forget my camera, so I end up taking a lot of pics for my blog through my phone.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB July 27, 2011, 8:16 pm

    I looked at all mine the other day thinking I should start deleting… but, really, why? So they stayed 🙂

  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted July 27, 2011, 8:24 pm

    haha, I think about this all the time! I think if people looked at my phone they would think… does this girl have nothing better to take pictures of than her food?! O yea and a few flowers! The little things make me happy!

  • The Healthy Engineer July 27, 2011, 8:42 pm

    You’ve had that iphone for 2 years and took 900 pictures?

    Pshhh I’ve had my ipod touch since January and already have 450 on there.


    I really don’t know what those 400 pictures were even OF..but they are there..taking up my space

  • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife July 27, 2011, 8:56 pm

    I love the anticipation of events. Getting ready and excited is the best feeling . . .

    I once lost my camera at a work thing and one of my coworkers found it. The first picture to see? Trolls. I had just received a package from home of my random junk, and I took a picture of my troll collection. I was a bit embarrassed.

  • Caroline @ The G-Spot July 27, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Love it! Cute post. 🙂

  • Selena July 27, 2011, 9:20 pm

    I love flipping through my phone pictures. They’re pretty much all of my kids, but some of them are over a year old and I love to ohh and ahh over how little they were.

  • Rachel Starr July 27, 2011, 9:37 pm

    Just wait. Once you have a baby, all your pics will be of your kid! I got my iPhone shortly after my daughter was born & sure enough 100% of the pics are of her 🙂

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 27, 2011, 9:37 pm

    Um, I love randomness like this!

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 27, 2011, 9:44 pm

    Super cute post!!! Love it… very cool idea. 🙂 I love the “corpse” picture. I sleep exactly the opposite way. I thrash about like I’m in a mosh-pit. 😛

  • Lauren @ fullmeasureofhappiness.com July 27, 2011, 9:56 pm

    I think people would discover that I may or may not be obsessed with taking photos of my cat sleeping in odd positions. ahem.

  • Laura Diane July 27, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Caitlin, from one yoga-fiend to another, what is your favorite brand/type of mat? Also, accessories and clothes? I am in the market for a new mat after my last one practically disintegrated after only two months of classes. Thanks!

    • Caitlin July 28, 2011, 8:06 am

      I like Lululemon gear ($$$) but don’t have a favorite mat. You might want to ask http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/ – she’ll have awesome recommendations!

  • Deanna July 27, 2011, 10:09 pm

    I love this!! There’s mostly self pics I send my boyfriend (of me smiling cheesily) and pictures I take of my food in my phone.

  • Rebecca July 27, 2011, 10:11 pm

    This was a neat idea! 🙂

    Aw, I like your smile in that second-to-last photo. I think it’s cute. 🙂

    No iPhone, but I do have some photos on my cell… I need to get a camera card for it so that I can save and share them, maybe…

  • stephs July 27, 2011, 10:16 pm

    awesome post! does the Husband have a tattoo on his back? what is it?

    • Caitlin July 28, 2011, 8:07 am

      yup – an english flag

  • TheHungeredOne@MovingandMunching July 27, 2011, 10:17 pm

    These pictures are great! Kind of funny that you decided to take a picture of poop. lol Your dogs are cuties. How long did you used to bike? (distance)

  • Kelly July 27, 2011, 10:31 pm

    I love the ecclectic mix!

  • Amanda @ the beauty notebooks July 27, 2011, 10:36 pm

    This is a neat post, Caitlin! I enjoyed seeing all of your photos come together. Especially love the one of you and Maggie! And of course the OB notes 🙂

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) July 27, 2011, 10:43 pm

    hehe u are cute!!

  • Baking N Books July 27, 2011, 10:43 pm

    1) Does the husband really meditate??!

    2) Do you find it crazy how you look back and thing “I used to do that” and stuff?…when I think of how athletic I was and what I could do – compared to now – …it breaks my heart 🙁

    3) You’ve accomplished so much – and thanks for that blogger link – I find such inspiration from blogger turned writers (and clearly wish I was one of them).

    • Caitlin July 28, 2011, 8:08 am

      1) yes

      2) no, life is just different now, no better, no worse. maybe that’s how you should try to look at it – as different.

      3) youre welcome! matt rules.

      • Baking N Books July 28, 2011, 8:19 am

        YES! “Just different now” – life changes and evolves doesn’t it? At least that’s what I hope – and am DETERMINED to think. And that there are more and greater things to tackle…or try everything, learn it’s not right and move on. Like figuring out this writing thing 😉

  • megan July 27, 2011, 11:06 pm

    loved this post! great idea! are you smiling while sleeping like a corpse?! LOL

    • Caitlin July 28, 2011, 8:09 am

      i think i was awake 🙂

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine July 28, 2011, 12:05 am

    That smushed poop photo is awesome.

  • Jen July 28, 2011, 1:30 am

    This is beautiful! I just discovered your blog within the last couple of months, but I find you SO inspiring & really enjoy reading all of your posts…this just reinforces why I keep coming back. Love you, Caitlin!

    • Caitlin July 28, 2011, 8:09 am

      thank you so much!

  • Julie - StressStories July 28, 2011, 2:08 am

    That’s a great post! One of the things I love about blogging is that I remember to take pictures of all sorts of things in my everyday life. And it’s so fun to go back and look at them!

    Your running trail looks beautiful. And this post made me remember why we don’t have dogs 🙂 Can’t handle dog poop…

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 28, 2011, 2:38 am

    OMG – that dog poo!!!!!!!! Ewwwwwwwwww! I feel bad for you or the husband (whoever had to clean it up!)

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 28, 2011, 3:42 am

    This is such an awesome post! 😀 It made me smile and giggle and laugh and empathise and turn away in horror (dog poop smearage)…love love love! xyx

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 28, 2011, 4:52 am

    Great post! Love all the pics 🙂

  • Kelly July 28, 2011, 8:02 am

    What a great post. It made me go pick up my phone and look at all my photos. Pretty funny and especially thinking about what those photos would look like to a stranger’s eyes.

  • Aubrey S July 28, 2011, 8:28 am

    Hey, I’m still waiting on you to sign my Operation Beautiful book. Next time I’m in CLT visiting my folks, I’ll have to track you down.

  • Ali July 28, 2011, 8:45 am

    Very cute post today – I love totally random postings. You’re right, you did rock the blue hair. You also look like you may be laughing when you sleep… maybe a funny dream!!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy July 28, 2011, 9:22 am

    The poop photo boggles my mind. Wow.

  • Laurie July 28, 2011, 9:23 am

    Oh, great post! Love the pictures, well minus the poop picture :). James and Maggie are so adorable! I especially love the photo of you and Maggie! So precious!

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats July 28, 2011, 10:02 am

    Omg, I’ve never heard of Matt’s website and it is NOT a good thing to read while PMS-ing at work. So beautiful and sad.

    And the poo?! Gross!

  • Bee @ B*tchy Bee July 28, 2011, 10:04 am

    Oh man, your poor floor boards!

    Other than the poo I think that everyone would think you’re kickin’ butt and taking names based on your phone photos! Living the good life 🙂

  • Kristin @ wounded fawn July 28, 2011, 10:59 am

    Love this post! I take so many photos (went to school for photography)! I’d love to snag this idea if you dont mind!
    Always inspiring… now If I could just sign up for a triathalon….lol which I actually love to swim but am too nervous to go to a pool to swim. Which sounds like the opposite of your initial issues with swim training. Bah!

    • Caitlin July 28, 2011, 11:08 am


  • Amber K July 28, 2011, 12:14 pm

    Apparently I need to take more pictures! While I have a ton on my digital camera I only have six on my phone. My husband, my best friend, and each one of her four kids. One of her 22-month olds likes to say “Hi Name” to each one of the pictures as in “Hi Mommy!” “Hi Sissy!” Soooo adorable!

  • Laura @ prettylittlewords July 28, 2011, 1:34 pm

    The poop in the baseboards picture had me DYING laughing!

  • Katie August 3, 2011, 7:11 pm

    Love this Caitlin! I’m going to steal your idea and do a post like this!

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