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Look.  I managed to grow a rose!


I really shouldn’t take credit for that bloom, though, because I’ve done absolutely nothing to encourage it.  The rest of my garden looks like this.



I’m the embarrassment of my neighborhood. Seriously.  Even the mailman gives me the stink eye.


I was observing my garden this morning while holding James’ leash and trying not to yak all over my lovely rosebush.  It was rough.  So I rushed inside and made this delicious drink – a natural cure for nausea (pregnancy-related or not! It really is a miracle cure for upset stomach):


Ginger-Lemon Tea


To make this lovely bev, you need about 2 inches of freshly peeled and chopped ginger.


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As well as half a lemon, sliced.


Fill your tumbler with boiling water and give it a good stir.  I like to add something sweet (whether just plain sugar or agave nectar) to take the bitterness away a bit.  Be sure to let it steep for a while – at least 15 minutes.


One cup later, I was ready for breakfast.


A goat cheese and asparagus omelet (How to Make a Pretty Omelet) with Udi’s toast on the side.



Thought of the Day:




  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 15, 2011, 9:50 am

    Ooh excellent thought of the day! I’ve been incorporating ginger into post-meal beverages a bit lately because of its digestive benefits and have found that it helps a lot. Glad you’re feeling better! 🙂

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} November 15, 2011, 9:51 am

    Eating something first thing in the morning should help with the morning nauseousness. An empty stomach is the enemy of a pregnant woman! I literally had to have crackers on my bedside table for the longest time because I would wake up in the middle of the night with an empty stomach and that always made me feel sick. I never let myself get too hungry and that helped a ton. Love your shoes, by the way. 🙂

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  • Nicole November 15, 2011, 9:51 am

    That ginger lemon tea looks yummy—even for non-pregnant bellies.

  • Samantha November 15, 2011, 9:59 am

    That looks like a good breakfast! I made millet using your instructions yesterday. I had never tried it, but I’m a vegetarian and I could always use some extra protein. It was really good, really cheap, and much easier than I had thought. Thanks for the tip!

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 15, 2011, 10:00 am

    I LOVE your red flats – so cute.

    I’ve never tried the ginger-lemon tea combo before. Thanks for the idea!

  • Khushboo November 15, 2011, 10:02 am

    That’s the yellowest omelet I’ve ever seen- looks fab!

  • Lindsey November 15, 2011, 10:07 am

    Love your shoes! I always use ginger chews when I don’t feel well, they work miracles!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB November 15, 2011, 10:10 am

    In a way I agree with that message, since I’m the frustrated one that’s always making plans. But on the other hand, I think some people just truly, truly suck at staying in touch. It’s a toss up. But sometimes I’m definitely ready to wash my hands of people who never pick up the phone…

  • Meagan November 15, 2011, 10:11 am

    Ginger, a gift to all pregnant women in their 1st trimester. I loved, loved, loved real ginger ale–like Reed’s or Maine’s Root–during the 1st tri. Also, Traditional Medicinals makes a Ginger Tea that’s pretty good.

    Hope you feel better!

  • Nena November 15, 2011, 10:12 am

    Love the quote! and breakfast looks yum!

    My BF shared this quote w/me yesterday and I loved it.

    “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

  • Orla November 15, 2011, 10:17 am

    I am forever not calling people because something else comes up, or I just clean forget. I know that makes me sound like a total flake but I make a point that when I do think of someone, or see something that reminds me of them to text them, tell them I am thinking of them or just sticking a card in the mail to them. The real mail. I love sending a card, and receiving them. So while I am not always in contact, I am always thinking of them and vice versa. Does that make sense?

    • Caitlin November 15, 2011, 10:18 am

      To me, this quote is more about people making the emotional effort to be in your life – you know?

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 15, 2011, 10:18 am

    You have no idea how much that quote hits home for me! Seriously, I feel like I wasted way tooany years trying to have some people be a part of my life only to realize it did not matter to them.

    I love ginger tea for the tummy! I hope you feel better!

  • Andrea November 15, 2011, 10:26 am

    I love ginger tea! I do the same concoction as you but I just put water in the coffee pot and the rest of the ingredients in the pot and let it brew. Works great!

  • Joanne November 15, 2011, 10:32 am

    Beautiful rose and what a wonderful quote.
    Ginger is the absolute cure for a sour stomach anytime, pregnant or not. It works wonders when running. 🙂

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels November 15, 2011, 10:35 am

    We are the only rental unit in a VERY rich neighbourhood. It’s actually kind of funny. Our house looks like a DR Seuss house, it’s totally falling apart. Our landlord stinks and has put no money into the place whatsoever, including the outside. Brad and I have totally transformed the garden and the lawns etc, … however all the other homes (the cheapest one goes for a million dollars and I bet some go up to maybe 8 million a house) have professional gardeners and landscapers. I’m surprised that someone hasn’t paid my landlord for the home, just so they can bull doze it and get the eye sore out of there.

  • Sarah @ w30 November 15, 2011, 10:35 am

    Love that quote. It is a hard lesson to learn, and even harder to stick to, but it’s also really freeing!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb November 15, 2011, 10:44 am

    cute shoes!! i’m no gardener either. i manage to kill fake plants.

    i love this quote… so very true!

  • Kristi November 15, 2011, 10:53 am

    I’m definitely going to keep the tea in mind for the next time I have an upset stomach. Thanks!

  • Colleen November 15, 2011, 10:55 am

    I never heard of ginger and lemon helping morning sickness. If I had, that drink would have never left my side. Love the quote.

    • Katherina November 15, 2011, 11:40 am

      Ginger in general helps with nausea!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 15, 2011, 10:58 am

    I LOVE ginger tea–and lemon is good in any tea 🙂 So this sounds amazing with or without nausea!

  • Jen November 15, 2011, 11:07 am

    Have you tried sea-bands for your morning sickness? They really helped me…

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed November 15, 2011, 11:10 am

    I definitely agree with this quote. I’ve had one specific situation that kept breaking my heart but I realized that a friend shouldn’t be putting me through this, so she wasn’t a real friend. Very hard to let go, but realized it wasn’t worth it.

  • Liz @ An Interesting Year November 15, 2011, 11:19 am

    No words for how much I needed that Thought of the Day today. Thanks!!

  • Jessica Washburn November 15, 2011, 11:24 am

    Just when I thought I’d tried every veggie egg combo…I’ll have to add the goat cheese…looks yummy! Love the quote, so true!

  • Scarlet November 15, 2011, 11:27 am

    I’m coming out of lurking to say that I am a sucker for inspirational quotes, and I usually like the ones you post, including today’s. Thanks for sharing them.

  • Amanda November 15, 2011, 11:29 am

    That rose is beautiful. There’s a rose bush outside my building that has the most stunning bright pink flowers. It’s so odd to see that in Boston in November, but I love it!

    What a great thought of the day. It’s also a good reminder for me to make time for the people I care about. All too often I find myself putting off phone calls to family/friends when my schedule gets busy. I need to make them more of a priority.

  • Kim November 15, 2011, 11:57 am

    Yes, I tried for years and years either be a part of or not a part of a friend’s life and all it did was throw me down. I left it. Its exhausting.

    Is that the Udi’s white or whole-grain sandwich loaf? I might try that next. How do you make your omelets?

    I like toast dipped in yogurts with dippy eggs on side too. I have really weird combos at times.

    • CaitlinHTP November 15, 2011, 6:51 pm

      I think its the Udi’s in the green wrapper? Not sure which one that is. They are both good though!

      Link for creating omelets is in the post!

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon November 15, 2011, 12:07 pm

    Thank-you for that thought of the day! That is something I really struggle with–accepting the fact that not all friendships are forever. At a certain point, you have to make room for new relationships to arise!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well November 15, 2011, 12:09 pm

    That is a very interesting quote; it definitely made my pause and think…

    And your omelet looks lovely; I love asparagus with eggs.

  • Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled November 15, 2011, 12:11 pm

    Oh, how I wish I liked ginger. I keep hearing it’s great for morning sickness, but I can’t stand it. I’ve been sucking on sugar free lemon drops and it does the trick for me. Gotta love those hormones!

  • Jessica November 15, 2011, 12:23 pm

    I never actually got sick when I was pregnant, but I suffered from debilitating nausea. These wristbands ( made me functional, they were a life saver!

    • CaitlinHTP November 15, 2011, 6:50 pm

      Oooo! They rub an acupuncture point 🙂 How cool.

  • Kiran @ November 15, 2011, 12:23 pm

    I love adding ginger to teas! Just so soothing, comforting and great warmth during winter! Feel better soon 🙂

  • Amber K November 15, 2011, 12:53 pm

    I’m going to have to try that healing drink. Because my stomach is often mad at me and I rarely know why. Anything to calm it is nice.

  • katie @ KatieDid November 15, 2011, 12:53 pm

    Can you say perfect omelet! Mine are always messes of veggies and cheese. Delicious messes. I’m gonna have to try the fold over method putting the ingredients inside it instead. Glad your feeling better!

  • Candice @ Sailing on Paper November 15, 2011, 1:02 pm

    This isn’t a great time for growing, anyway. So don’t worry too much that you don’t have tons of plants! It’s winter–everything is supposed to be a little brown and messy.

  • Heather November 15, 2011, 1:11 pm

    I love your blog and the tea looks yummy! I have been I have to ask, where did you find your shoes? Are they comfortable?

    I am training for my first marathon and my knee has told me that there will be no heals until I am done. The problem is that most flats give me blisters, and running shoes don’t really go with the professional wardrobe. So any shoe advice you have time to share would be great!

    • Sara November 15, 2011, 4:03 pm

      Agreed… I must know where the shoes are from 🙂 LOVE them!

      Oh, and I should never read your blog when hungry…

      • CaitlinHTP November 15, 2011, 6:48 pm

        I got them from Marshalls but like, four years ago 🙁 So sorry!

        • CaitlinHTP November 15, 2011, 6:49 pm

          Oh and they are comfortable but I agree that most flats are not – i think these are actually Nine West brand.

  • Angela @ MyPinkyToes November 15, 2011, 1:32 pm

    I adore your shoes. The end!

  • Beth November 15, 2011, 1:48 pm

    That quote was exactly what i needed to read today. About a month ago I met one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met in my life and we have a connection that I have never experienced. Of course he’s moving to CA in 2 weeks and as I sit here wondering what path to take, this quote reminds me that in time I’ll know what to do.

    • CaitlinHTP November 15, 2011, 6:48 pm

      Sounds a lot like the Husband and I when we met – we had two amazing weeks together and then he moved to Miami. But he called when he moved and we kept it going!

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers November 15, 2011, 1:49 pm

    Good call on the ginger-lemon drink. I bet it helps a lot. I like to throw together lemon and cucumber in a pitcher of water. Deeelish – but probably not as tummy-helping as ginger.

  • Joanna November 15, 2011, 2:11 pm

    I don’t have a green thumb and can’t keep flowers alive to save my soul! So sad! I just killed a potted flower a co worker gave me yesterday. 🙁

    Great idea with the ginger lemon water! I never thought of putting ginger in my water.

  • kristen @ livinlifeinlouie November 15, 2011, 2:15 pm

    LOVE that quote!

  • Danielle November 15, 2011, 3:01 pm

    Perfect quote for today. Its like you knew what I needed to hear!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 15, 2011, 3:20 pm

    I wonder if that tea would work on hangovers too! 😛

    • CaitlinHTP November 15, 2011, 6:47 pm

      I think so 🙂

  • Courtney November 15, 2011, 4:26 pm

    I just wanted to comment on the amazing relevancy of your ‘thought of the day’. It was kind of the sign I was subconsciously looking for. Thank you 🙂

    And on a completely unrelated note–have you read ‘Beauty Equation’ by Nigel Barker? I think you’d like it, it reminded me a lot of Operation Beautiful.

    • CaitlinHTP November 15, 2011, 6:46 pm

      I have not – but I’m off to check it out!

  • Allison K November 15, 2011, 5:08 pm

    I am jealous that you have been able to cook through your first trimester. All cooking and vegetables other than carrots made me gag/yak.

    I am now almost 16 weeks, and just purchased spinach for the first time since week 5. I did a little happy dance in the store.

    • CaitlinHTP November 15, 2011, 6:46 pm

      Yay for the return of spinach 🙂

      • Allison K November 15, 2011, 8:23 pm

        For sure. Especially for a woman who ate a big spinach salad EVERYDAY for lunch prior to getting preg!

  • Melissa November 15, 2011, 5:23 pm

    What a provoking thought. Thanks so much for posting, it definitely puts things into perspective.

  • Tamara November 15, 2011, 6:02 pm

    Loved the quote at the end. It hit the “nail on the head” for me. I recently had an “AH HA!” moment this week where that quote came to life for me!

  • Mel @ Post Grad Mel November 15, 2011, 6:57 pm

    I love your flats! It’s starting to get a bit cold to wear them around here…but I’ve always been a bit rebellious! 😉

    I read that quote awhile back, and actually made some positive changes as a result of it. It’s so true.

  • AmandaRunsNY November 15, 2011, 7:23 pm

    I love ginger for upset stomachs too! I’ve heard even smelling ginger can help as well. I hope this phase doesn’t last long for you.

  • Sarah November 15, 2011, 7:35 pm

    Super cute shoes!

  • Sarah November 15, 2011, 8:10 pm

    I ate the old fashioned ginger snaps all the time. They really helped my nausea when I was pregnant!

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 15, 2011, 8:15 pm

    Great quote at the end–I needed that reminder!

  • Danielle November 15, 2011, 8:20 pm

    While I know that every woman’s pregnancy is different, GUM has been a life saver during mine. When I feel a little queezy I pop in a piece (Trident layers is my fave) and feel so much better. I also swear by it for the little bit of heartburn that I get.

    I know it’s hard to think about it now, but it really does get better. And you already know that it’s totally worth it 🙂 So excited to follow along with your pregnancy!

  • Katie November 16, 2011, 1:12 am

    How cute are those shoes!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 16, 2011, 7:36 am

    That ginger tea looks amazing. I need to try that!

  • Megan @ Newly Wife November 17, 2011, 3:52 pm

    But your neighbors must love your shoes, right? Also, I’m totally pinning your water. Thanks! 🙂

  • Dominique November 17, 2011, 11:50 pm

    What a lovely rose. I was nauseous all day today and threw up in the car–not driving, thank goodness. I’m definitely going to try this the next time I feel nauseous.

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