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Look!  A book!


It’s alllllliiiive!


Her name is Healthy Tipping Point, she’s a healthy living guide / recipe book, and she’ll be at a bookstore near you in 2012! 


Writing is a weird career because you toil and work and revise and cry and write some more, but if you work on the computer, you rarely have anything tangible to show for your effort.  Today, however, was the beginning of the hard edits, so I got to print her out and caress her gently.  It feels so good to hold her in my arms!  By far, this is the longest thing I have ever written.  


The other half was productive today, too.


And if he was productive, you know that means that I was doin’ the secretary thing.  We’re getting to the point that I think we’ll be able to hire someone else soon! 


Until then, I’ll be behind the desk, sipping my green tea.


And drinking a peanut butter and banana smoothie.



We didn’t get home until 9 PM, so we swung by a Thai restaurant and picked up something to-go.


No – thank you, Thai place.


I got the cashew tofu with extra veggies.


And, for dessert, I snagged a couple of Diana’s coconut macaroons.  I hired her to bake some desserts for the bachelorette party that I’m attending this weekend, but I’ve already started to dip into the stash. 


Diana is an amazing baker.


Speaking of the bachelorette, I’m flying to the Northeast right before Hurricane Irene lands.  I know it’s safe to fly out – and I don’t want to miss my best friend’s party – but I’m pretty sure I’m going to get stuck in Pennsylvania for a few days longer than anticipated.  However, the thought of going through another hurricane has stirred up all sorts of crazy emotions, as I went through Hurricane Andrew back in 1992. 


I wrote a little essay on my experiences, which I originally planned to put up as a blog post.  But then I reconsidered because I thought it might be upsetting for some (and I don’t want to freak anyone out about Irene, as it won’t be as bad as Andrew).  So, I posted my story about Hurricane Andrew on the HTP Facebook page – feel free to check it out if you’re curious.  I’m interested to hear some of your hurricane experiences as well!  If you’re in Irene’s path – please, stay safe!


Speaking of hurricanes, my closet currently looks like Hurricane Caitlin went through, so I’m going to clean up and pack.  Night!



  • Baking N Books August 25, 2011, 9:43 pm

    Be safe. And you rock…your a writer. Amazing.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 25, 2011, 9:49 pm

    Congratulations on your book! This must be a really exciting part of the process when you start to see the whole thing coming together into a real bound book.

    I’m excited to see what you have in store with the new book!

  • Laura @ My Reason to Tri August 25, 2011, 9:49 pm

    cant wait to read your new book! be safe this weekend! i remember hugo vividly, i was in the 6th grade. i remember when the eye passed over us. it was an eerie quiet before the (second)storm. it hit the charlotte area pretty hard. i was probably still too young to really realize the true impact it had on our area. we were without power forEVER and out of school even longer. very scarey.

  • Shaya August 25, 2011, 9:51 pm

    WOOT! I can’t wait to see HTP in a bookstore near me 🙂 Please come do a book-signing in the LA area so that I can have you sign my future copy!

    Please stay safe girl, and enjoy the weekend!!

  • stephs August 25, 2011, 9:53 pm

    sheesh be safe! I wanted to read your story but don’t have facebook :/

  • Kelly August 25, 2011, 9:55 pm

    Hoping Irene veers off course personally 🙂 It’s going to hit Charlotte too right?

  • katie @ KatieDid August 25, 2011, 10:00 pm

    congrats on reaching this point with your book- it looks like SO much work. I don’t think people consider how much work truly goes into every.single. book out there. And stay safe with the storm! We’ve even been getting lots of warnings up in Vermont. I hope it’s not as bad as they are predicting.

  • Meaghan (My Spoonful Of Inspiration) August 25, 2011, 10:03 pm

    Congrats on the first tangible copy! That is so exciting! Can’t wait for it to hit bookstores 🙂

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine August 25, 2011, 10:06 pm

    Aw congrats on the book Caitlin! Can’t wait to read it!

    I seriously have been in several earthquakes, and I absolutely never know what’s going on. I always think I’m dreaming or something.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 25, 2011, 10:06 pm

    Congrats on the book Caitlin! Hopefully I will have one too one day! I’m so happy for you. Safe travels to you. I hope things are not as bad as anticipated.

  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted August 25, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Congrats, Congrats! That is so exciting! I can’t wait for it to come out. I bet it’s going to be fabulous!

  • *Andrea* August 25, 2011, 10:09 pm

    Congrats!!!! I’ve been reading since See Bride Run and love your blog. mostly because i have been inspired to eat healthy and tasty foods (that are also honoring all the human and animal effort that takes place in order to prepare the foods) without really learning fancy, time-consuming cooking methods that i just don’t have time for. thanks!

  • AmandaonMaui August 25, 2011, 10:09 pm

    Let us know when we can pre-order and I’ll be in line!

    • AmandaonMaui August 25, 2011, 10:10 pm

      Oh, and are at least a few of your recipes gluten free or easily modified?

  • Chloe (In Fine Feather) August 25, 2011, 10:12 pm

    It’s so exciting that another book is coming out! And it’s also great that you can spend time helping the Hus and making the business run smoothly since you have a more flexible work schedule.

    Safe travels!

  • Devonshire August 25, 2011, 10:15 pm

    can’t wait to buy your book!!!

  • hippierunner August 25, 2011, 10:22 pm

    Lol Hurricane Caitlin. Congrats on all the book work you’ve accomplished!

  • Army Amy* August 25, 2011, 10:23 pm

    It must feel so good to have the book in your hands! I know it’s still a work in progress, but congratulations on all your hard work so far!*

  • Kristen (inspiredbydooce) August 25, 2011, 10:24 pm

    I bet hurricane Caitlin would be a doozy… 🙂

  • Chelsea August 25, 2011, 10:29 pm

    Hurricane Katrina and Ike did a doozy on where I live..It was crazzy crazy stuff 🙁 But way to go on your book girl! That’s phenomenal! & so many pages written!

  • Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks August 25, 2011, 10:39 pm

    Aw Caitlin! I am so so happy for you 🙂 I can only imagine that writing a book involves a lot of anxiety and stress but also so much hard work, love, and joy, especially when seeing it as a final product (even as a stack of papers before the editing process!) Enjoy the bachelorette party. What a great way to celebrate!

  • Haley August 25, 2011, 10:47 pm

    Congrats on your book!

    I grew up in south Louisiana & have survived quite a few hurricanes and more tropical storms. My husband & I moved to TN from New Orleans exactly three weeks before Katrina. The Lord spared us quite a bit of heartache & devastation. I remember when Andrew hit south LA b/c I read my first whole book, The Diary of Anne Frank, during that storm. Whenever the eye was passing over us, my dad let us go in the backyard and play tether ball. When the rains/wind picked back up, he came outside hollering, “Back inside!” Fortunately, we just had a tree fall on the garage during that one. Hurricanes are no joke, and I hope you have a safe trip!

  • megan August 25, 2011, 11:13 pm

    i lol’ed at hurricane caitlin! hopefully you won’t get stuck in PA. but if you do, i’ll be jealous since my whole fam lives there!!

  • Raewyn August 25, 2011, 11:16 pm

    Aahhhhh!!! Congratulations, Caitlin!! As a fellow writer (with a book deadline approaching also), I can completely sympathize and rejoice with you. Sometimes it feels like you’ll never reach the end! And I may or may not be scary excited to see it hit the shelves – can’t wait to buy my copy! 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing August 25, 2011, 11:27 pm

    I read your post and wow.. I can only imagine!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 25, 2011, 11:27 pm

    Congrats on the finished hard copy!!!!!! That be such an amazing feeling. I think it calls for a glass of wine 🙂 Or two.

  • Marissa C August 25, 2011, 11:38 pm

    Be safe! I like Stormpulse.com for the graphics and direct links to NWS discussions. Instead of getting upset by media hype, read the official forecasts/discussions put out by the NWS. That’s my bit of meteorology soapboxing for the day!

  • Jennie August 25, 2011, 11:43 pm

    I’d LOVE to read your HTP book! 🙂 Can’t wait ’til that’s published. 🙂
    (Tazo Zen is my favorite tea!!)

  • Krista (kristastes) August 25, 2011, 11:55 pm

    Congrats on your stack of book amazingness! Your hurricane andrew story is touching and very scary stuff. If you get stuck in Philly and need a place to hang out (or stay)…let me know! Safe travels and have fun during your bachelorette festivities 🙂

  • M.R. August 26, 2011, 2:12 am

    congrats! that’s a big accomplishment!


  • Khushboo August 26, 2011, 2:15 am

    WOW, congrats on the book- that sure is a lot of pages! I feel proud just looking at it so I can only imagine how you feel 🙂

  • Marijke August 26, 2011, 4:40 am

    I am SO excited for your Healthy Tipping Point book!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness August 26, 2011, 5:31 am

    I cannot WAIT to read you book….sooo excited! 😀 And soo many congratulations to you and the Husband for following your hearts and being so successful in doing what you love! It’s amazing and inspiring and I’m sure you both must feel so proud 🙂 have a safe trip Caitlin…and have fun! xyx

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East August 26, 2011, 6:21 am

    I am SO looking forward to your new book!

    Hope you have a great trip!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas August 26, 2011, 6:30 am

    Congratulations on finishing your new book, Caitlin! I am sure that is a HUGE relief and weight off of your shoulders! Looking forward to when it hits the shelves!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) August 26, 2011, 7:08 am

    Can’t wait to see the new book! So excited! I am sure it is a great feeling to put so much time, effort and emotions into a project like this and then be able to hold it in your hands! Very excited for you.

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 26, 2011, 7:27 am

    Congrats on the book! Now I’m craving macaroons…

  • Hillary August 26, 2011, 7:44 am

    Hurricane Bob blew through RI when I was 5 or 6, and I remember having no clue what a hurricane was. In my mind, it was going to look a lot like the tornado from Wizard of Oz, and I was constantly ask my parents if we were going to get swept away like Dorothy. True story!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 26, 2011, 7:51 am

    Congrats on your book! It must feel amazing to get to this point. 😀

  • Molly @ RDexposed August 26, 2011, 7:57 am

    I’m a Midwest girl. I have no idea about experiencing a hurricane. Must read….

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 26, 2011, 8:05 am

    Yay for the book!

    I did read your hurricane story. Crazy! I hate storms. 🙁

  • Shari August 26, 2011, 8:06 am

    Safe travels here … and yes, be prepared to stay awhile. They have hurricane warnings up for Philadelphia and all the surrounding areas. This storm is no joke, that’s for sure. Kinda nervous!

    And HUGE congratulations on the book! I’m with you – there’s always something so exciting and invigorating about printing out that first tangible copy. Do you do all your edits by hand first, or do you ever go straight to the computer?

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} August 26, 2011, 8:09 am

    There is no better feeling than finishing a draft of a book and printing it up. Congrats!

  • Julia @ Brides Up North August 26, 2011, 8:14 am

    YAY! Go YOU!!!! I can’t wait to pick up a printed copy.

    Stay safe in the storm too.

    Lots of love.

    Julia xxx

  • kristen August 26, 2011, 8:31 am

    have a safe travel!
    My son’s name is Andrew, so when my grandpa sees him he calls him Hurricane Andrew (because he might be a little wild sometimes. and it might be true haha)

  • Ashley @ My Food N FitnessDiaries August 26, 2011, 8:45 am

    I cannot WAIT to read your book! How exciting. 🙂 Hope you are safe in your travels!

  • Sarah @ w30 August 26, 2011, 8:48 am

    Wahoo! Congrats on being in final edits! I know that feeling of getting to hold it for the first time (thesis, not a book, but man I slaved over that baby, too). I can’t wait until it hits stores!!!
    Safe travels! I hope you have a blast at your friend’s bachelorette party and that stupid Irene downgrades to a simple storm.

    • Sarah @ w30 August 26, 2011, 8:50 am

      Oops – just realized that book is DONE! Even bigger congrats! Girl, you write too many books at one time for me to keep up… 😉

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy August 26, 2011, 8:49 am

    We’ve had a couple of hurricanes cause some damage in Richmond, Va. but nothing like we would if we lived on the coast! I went to the beach one year when they were calling for a hurricane. It was kind of fun to watch (it was a mild hurricane). In true Richmond-style–the city has panicked about bought ALL of the jugs of water and any other form of water practically and all the flashlights were gone from our Target. Nice.

  • Krista August 26, 2011, 8:55 am

    I just read your hurricane story, had to be so scary! My first thought though, and excuse my ignorance if it’s a dumb question. Why didn’t yall evacuate if you knew 2 days ahead of time it was coming?

    • CaitlinHTP August 26, 2011, 9:03 am

      Not dumb. We were afraid to evacuate because there was no where to go, literally. Traffic was packed up for 12 hours on the highway and every single hotel was rented out. And we wanted to stay with our stuff. Probably wouldnt do this again.

      • DadHTP August 26, 2011, 2:48 pm

        Look at the “cone” projections – maximum winds are right near the center – even a 20 mile wobble makes a huge difference. Max winds at C.s house were 90 – 110mph – my apartment, 105 – 130, my friends house 1 mile south, sustained over 145 with tornadic activity over 200. It’s hard to know – unless you have special circumstances – age, pg, need refrigerated medicine – when to go.
        I have had friends evacuate early and then been chased around the state. Except for low lying areas that are for sure going to flood, it can be a hard call.

    • Vikki August 26, 2011, 2:45 pm

      Yeah, I wouldn’t do it again either. Hurricanes are no laughing matter. I was 11 when I rode out Hugo a big category 4 storm with my family (we lived 30 miles north and west of where it made landfall). I still get scared when I hear about hurricanes. In my life, there is Before Hugo and After Hugo because of the changes it made to our landscape in SC.

  • Erin August 26, 2011, 9:03 am

    Yay!! I can’t wait to buy a copy! You’re such a Rock Star!

  • Rebecca August 26, 2011, 9:46 am

    Congraaatulations on your book in paper form! Wish I could reach through the screen and grab it…same with those coconut macaroons 😉

  • Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly August 26, 2011, 11:19 am

    I went through Hurrican Andrew too! I was pretty young but my family and I were lucky enough to keep our electricity and didn’t sustain any terrible damages.

  • The Healthy Engineer August 26, 2011, 12:24 pm

    I can only imagine the feeling of accomplishment….three books is amazing!!

  • lifeofexperiences August 26, 2011, 1:44 pm

    how exciting! ‘its alive’ congrats on your book!

  • Amber K August 26, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I can’t even imagine going through a hurricane situation. I have never had any sort of scary weather thing happen near me. I’ve lived within a few miles my entire life and we don’t get hurricanes, tornados, or even really earthquakes. I don’t even know what I’d do in that sort of situation!

    My husband and I have talked before about how we need a disaster emergency plan, and yet we still haven’t done it. It doesn’t feel real since it feels like nothing happens here, but saying that really feels like I’m tempting fate!

    • DadHTP August 26, 2011, 2:49 pm

      yes, you are.

      • Amber K August 26, 2011, 3:13 pm

        Definitely adding it to my weekend to-do list!

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture August 26, 2011, 2:46 pm

    Ahh congratulations on getting it finished!! How exciting! 🙂

  • Jen August 26, 2011, 4:52 pm

    I also was in Andrew in Miami back in 1992. I remember we’d just gotten back from vacation in the woods of Wisconsin, so we had no idea until it was two days away. My dad (a contractor) luckily got plywood at the lumber yards to board our windows up with.

    We all huddled in our windowless hallway for most of the night listening to the winds howl outside and our scared cat howl inside. At one point, our front doors started creaking and bending inward (even with a ton of furniture braced against them). Thankfully, they never broke.

    All of the trees in our backyard and along our street were torn to shreds, and the power was out for two weeks. For some odd reason, every house’s backyard screen enclosure collapsed into their pool except ours. But we got a water moccasin in our backyard debris, so I guess that makes up for it…

    Either way, I’m taking Irene seriously.

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life August 26, 2011, 11:05 pm

    It always makes me laugh when you get smoothies because I think back to when you wrote something like “and today I had a smoothie the size of my head.” I envision a huge ass smoothie and it makes me giggle. Be safe this weekend!

  • Pam C August 27, 2011, 8:24 am

    Eeeeee New Book! So exciting for you, can’t wait to read it 🙂

  • Allison August 27, 2011, 6:14 pm

    That’s awesome news about writing your own book! I look forward to seeing it on shelves 🙂

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