Our shopping trip was a success!  The end of season gifts for Girls on the Run were really stressing me out.  I always want to give the girls something special and sweet… but I was running out of time (end of season is this Thursday!).  Last year, I did personalized photo albums from Snapfish, which were a huge hit, but I neglected to take photographs throughout the season and didn’t really have enough pictures to do an album. 


So I had to get creative this time around.


I do really love the idea of giving a photograph so the girls can remember their experience.  Online, I saw a few autograph photo frames that friends could sign.  I loved the concept but the price was too high – 15 gifts need to be $5 or less to make it affordable (GOTR gives you a stipend for gifts).  Luckily, I found these $3 craft frames at Michael’s, and my plan is to insert a group picture into each one and use sticky letters to write GOTR at the top.  Then, the girls can sign each other’s frames.


I also bought positive stickers to put around the edges.  Fun, huh?


It makes me SO happy to know this errand is done!  Whew.  Just in the nick of time, too.


For shopping fuel, we went to my FAVORITE restaurant in all of Charlotte, Luna’s Living Kitchen.


I got the veggie burger and salad.  I asked the waitress the secret to wrapping burgers in collard greens – the last time I tried the whole thing cracked open – and she said they shave down the stem with a vegetable peeler.  Now you know!


And the Husband and I split the Popeye Punch smoothie, which was a blend of spinach, pineapple, banana, mountain apple juice, and hemp protein.  

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It was AMAZING.  Must recreate at home!


Thought of the Day:


“Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words.” – Francois Rabelais



  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 26, 2011, 3:36 pm

    that burger and smoothie look so good! Haha made me just realize that pumpkin is the only veggie i’ve eaten today! lots of fruit though.

  • Army Amy* November 26, 2011, 3:37 pm

    Now I’m craving a veggie burger! Yum!*

  • Khushboo November 26, 2011, 3:39 pm

    Awesome gift- love the sentiment behind it!!!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb November 26, 2011, 3:41 pm

    everything looks delicious! i wish we had a restaurant like that around here… in the meantime i must replicate that smoothie at home.

  • Lauren November 26, 2011, 3:42 pm

    That smoothie sounds perfect! I think I’ll have to try and remake this too.

  • Amy November 26, 2011, 4:15 pm

    soooo…..if I have tea pot with a strainer in it, do I still need to throw the loose tea in the water and then pour through strainer, or can I just lift pour right from the pot, as the leaves are captured in the strainer that sits in the water?? I am not very British. 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP November 27, 2011, 10:47 am

      You could put the leaves in the pot and then let it steep for as long as recommended for that tea. Then, you should put the strainer on top of your cup and pour the water from the pot into the strainer and into your cup.

  • Allie November 26, 2011, 4:25 pm

    Cute frames! That burger looks amazing!!!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 26, 2011, 4:30 pm

    CUTE idea! I saw those frames yesterday and thought they were an adorable idea 🙂

    I totally love that veggie burger–looks awesome.

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon November 26, 2011, 4:49 pm

    What a great gift–they’ll love those!!! And I like the sound of that smoothie…I may have to make it my breakfast tomorrow!

  • Connie November 26, 2011, 5:21 pm

    Those gifts are super cute! I’m sure your girls are going to love them. I’m trying to figure out how I can do something for my students at the end of the year. Great idea!

  • Sana November 26, 2011, 5:21 pm

    The girls will treasure this forever 🙂

  • Emily November 26, 2011, 6:03 pm

    That wrap and salad look absolutely gorgeous and delicious! Also, great gift idea – I am a huge believer that photographs are the best gifts because they represent what we can’t make tangible: memories!

  • Laura November 26, 2011, 6:17 pm

    When my husband and I stopped by Charlotte on our way home from seeing my family we were so excited to try Luna’s after reading about it here. And it was closed! So sad, but Big Ben’s pub was a nice alternate :). Maybe next time. The food looks great!

    • CaitlinHTP November 27, 2011, 10:48 am

      Wah! Luna’s has weird hours. Big Ben’s has nice ambiance 🙂

  • Amanda November 26, 2011, 7:14 pm

    That smoothie sounds so, so good right now. I’m craving fresh fruits and veggies after a weekend of heavy eats.

    I love your GOTR gift idea. Reminds me of signing yearbooks at the end of each school year when I was in grade school. 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 26, 2011, 11:14 pm

    I love the idea of spinach + pineapple! never tried that combination but it sounds amazing.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 27, 2011, 8:24 am

    That is such a sweet gift idea!

    Also I love the looks of this wrap. What else was in it other than the veggie patty? I would love to try to recreate it!

    • CaitlinHTP November 27, 2011, 10:48 am

      Some sort of pickled hummus!

  • Courtney November 27, 2011, 8:27 am

    LOVE the frame idea! I need to make these for my friends at college!:)

  • Alett November 27, 2011, 9:34 am

    Great idea!

    Did you get a chance to see the video of our GOTR practice 5k yet? I sent the link a few days ago to your gmail account.

    here it is just in case:

    I hope that you enjoy it!

    • CaitlinHTP November 27, 2011, 10:50 am

      Hmm I didn’t get an email from you – where did you send it?

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 27, 2011, 11:41 am

    You’re going to make such a great mom…you can just tell by how good you are with the GOTR girls! Those gift ideas are great.

  • Moni'sMeals November 27, 2011, 12:00 pm

    Lunch Looks amazing! I agree with the previous comment..You will be a great Mom!

  • Amber K November 27, 2011, 1:14 pm

    Such a cool idea. Photographs totally help keep the memories alive.

    That burger looks absolutely fantastic. I ate at a raw food restaurant once and got a falafel wrap like that. I tried to do the wrap at home (even cutting down the stem) and I just couldn’t get it to work as well. I also don’t know where they get such huge leaves! I can never find collard leaves that are as big.

  • lisa @ early morning run November 27, 2011, 4:24 pm

    I hope that one day I’m able to volunteer as a GOTR coach. It sounds like an amazing opportunity, but unfortunately my job now just doesn’t allow the flexibility. I’m sure the girls will love and appreciate any gift you give them!

    That wrap looks delicious!

  • Lisa December 10, 2011, 9:11 am

    What a great idea! I just finished my first season as a coach. I saw your practice 5k set up and it was awesome too! I need to save some of your ideas for the Spring semester/season.

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