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When this DIY crush is over, I am going to crawl into my bathtub with a big glass of water (damn), light some scented candles, and not come out for at least an hour.


Making progress on our jungle of a backyard!  We have bagged SO much vegetation (hah, I automatically typed “vegetarian” at first – no vegetarians were harmed in the making of this backyard).


Only four more (hopefully easy) steps to go:  tilling the dirt with the tilling machine (the Husband is handling that; I would probably till my foot off), dusting the ground with some magic grow juice, seeding, and covering it all with peat moss to lock in the moisture as the grass takes root.  I’m skeptical.  We’ll see.


More fuel!




Pre-made lentils from Trader Joe’s = AMAZING.  Why have I never tried these before? I’m always a little intimidated by lentils even though I know the cooking process isn’t that hard.  These pre-made ones (in the refrigerated produce section) were so tasty, so easy, and made an excellent salad topper.




And Greek yogurt, coconut, almonds, blueberries, and raw oats.


Food for Thought:


Did you catch the ruckus about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ‘forgetting’ her makeup (except the lipstick) while attending meetings in Bangladesh and India?  The uproar catch my attention mainly because of The Naked Face Project, but I wanted to link to this awesome opinion piece on Jezebel about how women – and men, too – view female politicians (basically, "If you’re smart and I disagree with you, you’re ugly! And if you’re pretty, you’re dumb!"):  What We’re Really Talking About When We Talk About Hillary Clinton Without Makeup.



While the entire article is worth consideration, my favorite part was this quote from Hillary: "I feel so relieved to be at the stage I’m at in my life right now. Because, you know, if I want to wear my glasses, I’m wearing my glasses. If I want to wear my hair back, I’m pulling my hair back. You know at some point it’s just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention. And if others want to worry about it, I let them do the worrying for a change." 


Hells to the yeah.



  • Lyn May 13, 2012, 5:30 pm

    I am LOVING that Jezebel website! Was literally laughing out loud reading some of the other articles. P.S. bringing it back to our exchange about the TIME mag cover – loved this quote from Jezebel: “Although, I do admit to thinking that attachment parenting won’t really result in a generation of well-adjusted people as it will a generation of pains-in-the-ass, overbearing mothers-in-law. (Seriously, can you imagine marrying a guy who was breast fed till he was six and slept in bed with his mom till he was nine and then having to deal with her domineering bullshit at Thanksgiving?)” hahahaha.

    Adding that website to my list of daily reads!!

    • CaitlinHTP May 13, 2012, 7:49 pm

      The attachment parenting article on Jez was interesting. Loved that line too.

      • CaitlinHTP May 13, 2012, 7:50 pm

        Although I don’t think domineering mother in laws are limited to those who let their kid sleep in their bed until they are 9… 😉

  • Kate @ life's precious moments May 13, 2012, 5:35 pm

    Your face in the picture is hilarious- but I am sure I would make a similar one. You must be exhausted!!

    I love that quote from Hillary Clinton it is true. Let the people who want to worry go ahead- but it doesn’t mean that you have to!

  • Angela May 13, 2012, 5:46 pm

    The Hillary Clinton thing makes me laugh. Considering the job she does, wearing makeup should not be anywhere near her top 10 list of things to do on a work day. World peace is not going to come about because of well applied eye liner! She doesn’t even look like she needs anything else in that picture.

  • Sana May 13, 2012, 5:57 pm

    You look miserable! Ask the husband for a massage!

  • Jolene ( May 13, 2012, 5:59 pm

    Mmmmm, melty cheese!!!

  • Erica May 13, 2012, 6:05 pm

    Good luck with all the work! That yogurt bowl combo sounds delicious. Amen on the no makeup- who cares? How is that even news worthy? Ridiculous!

  • Mel May 13, 2012, 6:26 pm

    Thanks for the link to that article! I hadn’t heard about this. I actually wroite my senior thesis last year about the media’s unfair and unethical treatment of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic Primary race. I also did quite a bit of research in general about female politicians and the media. It’s fascinating (if not disapointing) stuff!

    • CaitlinHTP May 13, 2012, 7:53 pm

      Do you still have your paper? I would love to read that.

      • Mel May 14, 2012, 8:13 am

        Absolutely! I’d be honored to e-mail it to you! 🙂

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras May 13, 2012, 7:30 pm

    I love that article. Very thought-provoking. And I appreciate that it examines the issue from both sides of the political fence. I think both parties have a bad habit of pointing out everything wrong with the other side without taking responsibility for their own bad tendencies.

    • CaitlinHTP May 13, 2012, 7:48 pm

      Agree, totes Mcgoats.

  • Lisa May 13, 2012, 7:50 pm

    I LOVE THOSE LENTILS SO SO SO MUCH. I make a lentil/rice salad with them, the microwavable brown rice, tomatoes, cukes, and feta. Soooo gooooood.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB May 13, 2012, 8:18 pm

    I loved that whole “to-do” about Hilary- like really, the Secretary of State doesn’t have anything better to do than blend her blush and apply mascara? Really?

  • Shari May 13, 2012, 8:47 pm

    I have always been a huge Hillary supporter – even got to meet/talk to her back on a campaign stop in 2008 – and this just makes me admire her more. Such an awesome quote!

  • Britt May 13, 2012, 10:30 pm

    The thing is if I stopped doing my hair working out putting on some mascara and lip gloss painting my nails and caring about my outside appearance my husbands eyes would wander and he would cheat. They’re more visual and I want to be the only woman he’s staring at. So I’ll keep making the effort to style my hair and ski the pony tails for now and probably forever

    • Claire Zulkey May 14, 2012, 1:50 pm

      that’s sad! I am now counting my blessings that I’m married to a guy who prefers me scrubby and comfy.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well May 13, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Have you seen Texts from Hillary?

    Check it out…my favorite is the one with her and Rachel Maddow. “Who run the world?” “Girls.”


  • Linda @ Lemons May 14, 2012, 7:29 am

    I’m 52 years old and I’m still not comfortable with my appearance at all, actually my discomfort is growing as I get older. I’d like to have the attitude that Hillary has, but I don’t see how it is possible.

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not May 14, 2012, 8:27 am

    I love seeing what other people get from Trader Joes – I’ve made my own lentils but have never tried theirs…and yes it is SUPER easy to make your own.

    I can’t wait to read the rest of the article on Jezebel!

  • Kate May 14, 2012, 8:40 am

    As a 50 year old woman who has never worn a bit of makeup in my life time, I say BRAVA Hillary!!!!! Women do not need to change the way their faces to look beautiful! While I think it is fine for men or women to do whatever the hell they want with their appearances, I am vehemently opposed to the standard that women must wear make-up to look “public worthy”. Go Hillary for being so strong!

    • Caitlin May 14, 2012, 4:07 pm

      Yay Kate!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 14, 2012, 8:45 am

    I feel like there’s always something else from Trader Joe’s that I still need to discover! For such a small grocery store, they have so many goodies 🙂

    The yard project sounds intense but I hope you had a good weekend otherwise! And go Hillary!!!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 14, 2012, 9:37 am

    I actually saw a whole news piece on that and all I could think was good job Hillary!!! I think it’s awesome that she’ll go without make-up to things, it’s showing women everywhere that we don’t have to fit a stereotype, that our worth should be based on our hard work and not how pretty we can look!

  • Megan May 14, 2012, 1:38 pm

    LOVE the link to the article on Hilary Clinton ‘no makeup’ uproar. Thanks for sharing and highlighting the topic.

  • Claire Zulkey May 14, 2012, 1:51 pm

    I love how many shits Hillary refuses to give and also perversely find joy in how her refusal to cave in drives so many people crazy.

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