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I feel like I live at Home Depot.  We are there. All. The Time.


When I was a kid, I hated going to Home Depot because I was terrified of the fork lifts.  You know – the ones that go “beep, beep, beep,” and creep down the aisles, all menacing and scary?  Yup.  Those. 


Brightside to living at Home Depot:  Pretty flowers.


And a frozen yogurt shop on the way.  This has become a tradition.  If I must go to Home Depot (and face the fork lifts, which still give me the willies), then I get a frozen yogurt.  Almond Butter flavor, of course.


So – I’m sure you can guess how we spent the morning. Doing more yard work!  We’ve been in the backyard for at least five hours every weekend for two months.  I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed with the Husband; he really took a backyard of doom (AKA “the rock garden,” as the sellers lovingly referred to it as at closing.  I had to bit my lip to keep from laughing hysterically….) and is slowly turning it into something resembling an actual yard – with grass and everything.  I’ve maybe done 20% of the work, which I actually think is rather impressive.  It’s mostly been about spending sweat equity and has cost us surprisingly little money. 


I’ll have to do a before/after post soon!


Lunch was eaten in parts:


Toast, cottage cheese, carrots.


And a killer smoothie with one of Anne P’s peanut butter bars.


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In the blender:


1 cup soymilk

3/4 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder

Protein Powder

Splash vanilla extract


Random Story:  I tried to call MomHTP yesterday, but she didn’t return my call until today.  She called me while we were at Home Depot and said, “I’m sorry I didn’t call you back, I was at a Renaissance Fair” (my mom is so awesome).  And I said back in the dullest tone I could muster, “Oh, it’s okay, I just was calling to tell you that I was in labor and the baby is here.”  And she screamed, “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT! Oh my God, NO! I missed it.”  Haha.  Oh, mom.   Also –> she was wearing a costume at said Renaissance Fair.


Thought of the Day:



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  • Sana May 27, 2012, 4:32 pm

    Gahahaah that is a funny prank, your poor mom!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well May 27, 2012, 4:53 pm

    Woah Woah…they make almond butter flavored fro yo?? For reals? I consider Almond Butter a food group I love it so much. I am going to go on a search for that flavor of fro yo!

    • CaitlinHTP May 27, 2012, 5:00 pm

      OMG it is seriously so amazing. It’s at Yoforia if you have one near you

  • Brooke May 27, 2012, 4:55 pm

    AHAHA!! I loved the prank you played on your Mom. Completely harmless and makes for a great laugh.

    • CaitlinHTP May 27, 2012, 5:00 pm

      My family is used to my pranks 🙂

  • Carin May 27, 2012, 4:58 pm

    You should make your mum come to the hospital in her Renaissance (medieval?) gear, just for entertainment value!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 27, 2012, 5:07 pm

    Almond butter frozen yogurt?!!?!?!??! oh my goodness, I think I just died and went to heaven.

  • Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 27, 2012, 5:24 pm

    We just got back from Home Depot…the nice thing is that you can bring your dog with you into the store! Kona loves exploring the aisles 🙂

  • theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine May 27, 2012, 5:58 pm

    I’ve never seen almond butter flavored froyo before! that sounds delish!

  • Ramona May 27, 2012, 6:01 pm

    I think you are so awesome girl for doing some gardening while preggers! Nice work! Hope this last few weeks are a breeze!

  • Angela May 27, 2012, 6:05 pm

    I bet your mum is going to be glued to her phone till the baby arrives after that prank!

  • Lindsay @ Running the Windy City May 27, 2012, 6:09 pm

    I used to be terrified of Home Depot too! My dad redid various parts of his house one year and he would take me at least once a week. I hated it and would always start crying. The only plus was the hot dog stand at the entrance (before I went vegetarian), a hot dog always seemed to stop the tears.

  • Kristin May 27, 2012, 6:34 pm

    Yes and something about the smell of home depot brings some sort of strange emotion over me! its weirdd! haha and omg about your mom! she is awesome lol but that was soo mean!!! hahaha U even got me a little!

  • Anna May 27, 2012, 6:35 pm

    haha, I feel like I am always at the grocery store! I definitely think I should get a job at one (do you get a discount?!). Epic prank on your Mom…just don’t be the girl that cried wolf! 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 27, 2012, 6:39 pm

    Hahahahaha I love that you told your mom that!!! Very good prank.

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) May 27, 2012, 6:46 pm

    We love going to Ren Faire’s and dressed up…my hubs looks amazing in his kilt. (Its not a skirt, its a kilt…he kilt the last guy that called it a skirt). I love his kilt…its not one of these fake pleated jobby’s its the real thing all eight yards!

  • Mary May 27, 2012, 7:10 pm

    Hahahahaha my mother would KILL me if I ever did that to her!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks May 27, 2012, 7:50 pm

    LOVE that quote!!

    And I love that you ‘get’ to have fro yo because you ‘have’ to go to home depot. Something I would TOTALLY say and do…and my hubby would buy it. He’s the bomb.

  • Kyla May 27, 2012, 7:58 pm

    Haha! Oh my gosh, my mother would kill me if I did that!

  • BroccoliHut May 27, 2012, 8:00 pm

    I spent a lot of time in Lowe’s as a kid–my dad was really into making mosaics (long story). I learned to enjoy it though. My favorite activities were testing all the doorbells and pressing the assistance buttons in each aisle, just so I could hear “special assistance needed in the wire-cutting area” over the loud speaker 😉

  • lisa @ early morning run May 27, 2012, 9:01 pm

    My husband and I have been watching a lot of Yard Crashers lately on HGTV. When we buy a house eventually we really hope we run into the guy at Home Depot and he comes and crashes our yard. Or the Kitchen crashers guy. Either one!

  • Sonia the mexigarian May 27, 2012, 9:41 pm

    Love the ren faire! In the south bay area we have ours at casa de fruta every fall. Dressing up is just half the fun.

    Still waiting to run not a yard crasher guy 🙂 though Eric is dong. Pretty good job of clearing our field.

  • Reenie May 28, 2012, 1:09 am

    I LOVE Home Depot…. True story ~ I’m a spray painting queen ~ I was buying a bright orange spray paint the other day ~ and the lil guy checking me out said…oh, you’re painting something “Home Depot Orange”…ha! I bout said, well I practically own this store!! =)

    It’s something about owning your home and yard work~ it’s hard work ~ yet soooo rewarding when it’s done ~ like…..oh ya ~ I did that =)

  • Emily May 28, 2012, 6:51 am

    Ha that is such an awesome joke!:D Mildly cruel to your mum but awesome. I’m not a big fan of hardware places, I’m sure when I move out from the’rents I’ll love them more. You are so lucky you have a handy husband, the only job my dad gets a thrill in is cutting finger and toenails – gross I know #z

  • kristin @ wounded fawn May 28, 2012, 7:47 am

    I have to say renaissance fairs creep me out. I feel like there are plenty of people there that are wishing they were having sex with dragons and are probably wearing plushy suits participating in dragon sex, which I don’t have a problem with, you can have fantasies about anything you please, but I personally feel like I am too close to it there. All I mean is, I don’t want to experience the fantasy! 🙂 hehe

  • Nicole May 28, 2012, 11:30 am

    We’re at Home Depot all the time, too. It comes with being a new homeowner as you’re updating the inside of the new place and buying yard stuff because now you have one of those to take care of.

    We’re in there so often that I’ve seen the major appliance salesman shopping at Walmart- and he recognized me too! The sad thing is that we haven’t bought anything from him yet, but every time we go, my husband wants to look at the front loading washer/dryers.

  • Verna May 28, 2012, 12:15 pm

    I totally did that to my mom. She wasn’t doing anything interesting at all but couldn’t answer her phone when I was 40 weeks pregnant. She deserved it. Ha!

  • Amber K May 28, 2012, 2:35 pm

    Ugh I still hate Home Depot. Too many weekends wasted while my dad spent HOURS there when I was a kid. Frozen yogurt – yes, Home Depot – NO! 😉

    Great story about your mom! Hope she had a blast and I’m glad she didn’t really miss the birth.

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