I’m a serious commitmentphobe.  When it comes to rugs, that is.


Normally, I’m pretty good at deciding what I want, whether it’s in my price range, and taking out my wallet.  True story:  when I purchased my first car, I found it online, headed to the dealership, opened the car door, looked inside, and said, “I’ll take it!”  The Husband (then Boyfriend) nearly died that I didn’t feel the need to test drive it.  He’s the kind of person who stares at a menu for 10 minutes, puts it down and opens it back up twice, and then immediately regrets ordering whatever he ordered because he really wanted the other dish.  Hah.


Anyway, this rug hunt as been a totally different story.  I’ve brought home and returned not one but two other rugs (see? commitmentphobe!) for the living room.  Part of the problem is the printed chairs; the other issue is the size of the room.  Not many colors and patterns seemed to go with the chairs, and the few 8 x 10 rugs I brought home seemed too small.   But I think I finally decided on my soul mate rug.  Third time is the charm!


And a new lamp!  Both the rug and lamp were from Home Goods – it’s basically the home décor version of Marshalls… AKA the best place in the entire world.


So, yes.  Much of my Saturday was spent pondering the rug (I drove back to the store twice before pulling the trigger). 


But we also spent some time admiring our yard!  Remember how we gutted it last weekend? It still looks like a dirt pit from afar…


But up close, we have little blades of GRASS!  It’s kind of funny – despite following the directions on the seed meticulously, I don’t think that either the Husband or myself actually believed we could grow grass.  But growing it is!


And last, but not least, we did some social stuff yesterday, too (as cool as rugs and grass are, we have real friends, too).  I saw a movie with some girlfriends – What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which was probably only amusing to me because I’m currently expecting.  And then the Husband and I went to our friends’ Blessing Way.  A Blessing Way is a ceremony in which the parents’-to-be community gathers together to ‘bless’ the unborn child with positive thoughts and wishes.  Some people wrote poems; others sang; I read a favorite quote.  Then, the parents-to-be exchanged ‘vows’ to their baby, setting forth their parenting goals.  It was different and very sweet.  Plus, it was held in a park with an awesome spread of picnic food – and the weather was gorgeous – so it was loads of fun.


Sunday Breakfast:


I dreamed up this sandwich combo last night and could NOT wake up to try it – grilled Havarti cheese with spinach and cranberries.  Amazing.


With eggs and melon.


So – that’s our weekend so far in a nutshell.  What are you up to?  And any other rug commitmentphobes out there?  Winking smile



  • Bec May 20, 2012, 10:36 am

    We close in a little less than a month on our first house and I’m already having new house anxiety. We’ve decided on some paint colors and that’s about it! Luckily, the house doesn’t need a LOT of work, but there’s still certain things I want to do to it to make it ours 🙂

  • Amy Q May 20, 2012, 10:37 am

    Rug looks awesome. Yard looks awesome. Sandwich looks awesome. I wondered if there was a baby on the way when you never updated all day, and I had to scroll through comments to see if you were online (you were, I stopped wondering) 🙂

    • Caitlin May 20, 2012, 10:51 am

      I promise that, when I do go into labor, I will update the blog to indicate the baby is coming… I know what it’s like to be a blog reader and be anxiously awaiting the news!!! LOL Unless it is an emergency, of course.

      Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts though!

      • Jen May 20, 2012, 11:48 am

        I totally wondered the same thing when I didn’t see a post from you yesterday! I ran and asked the husband (he’s a DO) if the baby would be okay if you had him/her at 36 weeks, lol. Don’t leave us hanging like that!

        • HTPDad May 20, 2012, 5:40 pm

          don’t worry – I’ll LiveStream it…

    • Elle May 20, 2012, 12:41 pm

      So was I! 🙂 BabyHTP, don’t keep us waiting too long! 😉
      Love the rug, matches all furniture in the room so well!
      What did you think of the movie? Worth seeing it (for the non-expectant ladies)?

    • Jen May 20, 2012, 2:21 pm

      I was wondering the same thing yesterday! BTW, how was the movie?

    • Elisabeth May 20, 2012, 7:47 pm

      I thought the baby must be coming, too! 😉

  • Penny May 20, 2012, 10:53 am

    I’m weirdly excited about your grass. 🙂 I’ve been enjoying your grass journey. I was slightly appalled by the previous owners’ love of their “rock” garden.
    I really applaud the way you guys have tackled that. I would have been far too lazy to clean up the rock garden. 🙂 Such a big job!

    Love the rug. The living room is very lovely.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb May 20, 2012, 11:02 am

    that sandwich looks divine! love the sweet and salty combo. enjoy the rest of the weekend 🙂

  • Anna May 20, 2012, 11:02 am

    You know you’re a foodie when you dream about a new recipe and can’t wait to wake up and make it 🙂 It’s probably good you are a commitmentphobe about rugs…they can be so expensive!…so you want to get the right one!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 20, 2012, 11:12 am

    Oh I’m a total commitment phobe!!! Especially when it comes to big purchases, I always want a million opinions!

  • Kris May 20, 2012, 11:20 am

    You wouldn’t believe how many rugs I’ve carried home recently, and all went back. Too big, too small, too light, too dark — you name it. I don’t know what it will take for me to find the perfect rug, but I love yours. Looks perfect!!

  • lindsay May 20, 2012, 11:46 am

    Normally I think I’m pretty decisive but wedding planning is making me crazy. I ordered three different wedding rings before finally deciding on one!

  • Hillary May 20, 2012, 11:46 am

    1. That sandwich looks incredible.
    2. I am exactly like your husband when it comes to making decisions. Least decisive person EVER.

  • Becca @ Blueberry Smiles May 20, 2012, 11:57 am

    I can’t buy anything unless there’s an option to return it- I’m totally indecisive when it comes to clothes or house stuff, ESP if I’m going to be looking at it everyday (like a rug!). Love your new lamp! HomeGoods is such a great store.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well May 20, 2012, 12:23 pm

    That cheesy toast combination looks amazing, love that hint of sweetness from the cranberries!!! Now I’m dreaming of it.

  • Linda @ Lemons May 20, 2012, 12:36 pm

    I’m the same way. With my newest car I didn’t even look at it, I hate buying cars, so I told my husband what I wanted and he went and got it. I love your rug, and I love Home Goods! And I have to say I have been craving watermelon since you have it so often on your blog, but I can’t find organic watermelon so I haven’t bought any. I’ll have to do some research to see how bad non organic watermelon is – I want some!

  • michelle May 20, 2012, 1:20 pm

    That sandwich looks amazing! I’m definitely trying it for breakfast tomorrow am! I saw the same movie last night, it was amusing. Brought back pregnancy memories, good and forgettable. 🙂

  • Devonshire May 20, 2012, 1:32 pm

    I took half of my shift off for sat and sun to clean our house to get it ready for the market! super fun i know…I dunno if i’ve ever had a rug commitment issue but paint on the other hand. I’ll buy the paint i like, paint the walls and then decide it’s the wrong color and have to start all over again…::sigh::

  • Amber K May 20, 2012, 1:41 pm

    I don’t even own a rug that’s how much of a rug commitmentphobe I am. Granted I still live in an apartment that is completely carpeted, but we used to own a rug so we wouldn’t worry about staining it. It got ruined in the last move so no rug for us!

  • Andrea May 20, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Rugs are hard! I LOVE Home Goods!!!!! I have so many pieces (rugs, lamps, furniture, and pictures) from there. Definitely the best store EVER!

  • Lindsey May 20, 2012, 2:27 pm

    At least it’s only rugs to which you have problems committing! My poor boyfriends. . . 😉

  • Kerry May 20, 2012, 2:45 pm

    You dreamed a great new sandwich!? Amazing!

  • Sana May 20, 2012, 2:59 pm

    I want to marry a man who loves to decorate. I just can’t.

  • Robin May 20, 2012, 3:06 pm

    I have a problem with decorating decisions in general. I’m itching to get a new rug for my living room, but I want to wait until my five-year-old isn’t quite so bad (good?) at spilling things!

    You made a good choice with that rug!

  • Erin May 20, 2012, 4:47 pm

    I’m having rug issues right now, too. We just moved to a new place and I can’t find the right rug. Yours looks great in that room, though!

  • Helena May 20, 2012, 4:52 pm

    I need to be more of a commitment-phobe when it comes to shopping! It would probably be way less expensive than being an impulse buyer with a tendency toward retail therapy whenever I’m bored/stressed/unhappy/awake!

    I can’t really get past the tagline for “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”! “It’s too late to pull out now.” Stay classy, Hollywood.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery May 20, 2012, 5:49 pm

    Oh yay you have grass! Or are growing it! I can’t keep any plants alive so it’s a good thing I live in an apartment right now 🙂 That sandwich looks so good. Have you had dill havarti? When I ate cheese it was one of my favorites. Amazing.

  • Kristy May 20, 2012, 9:09 pm

    I love that Maggie is in the first photo. She is so tiny and adorable.

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras May 21, 2012, 9:28 am

    The Blessing Way sounds like a really cool idea. And that sandwich looks amazing.

  • julie May 21, 2012, 10:28 am

    I love the living room layout, but to be honest…the rug is totally out of place. Too many patterns mixing in one room. Because of the two accent chairs being so busy – a solid rug or one with lighter colors would look great in the room! A light blue or even a dark purple would look great. You can then punch up the color in the room with accessories and draw from the colors in the accent chairs. Use some yellow or blue pops of color around. Just an idea!

  • Soniathe Mexigarian May 21, 2012, 1:34 pm

    We got two rugs for our new home and yes, I had issues with buying such big expensive things. Oh and we finally bought/prdered a new couch after about 8 years with our college IKEA loveseat and futon. Another huge purchase that made me fret. But as the Husband says, “Nothing is going to cost as much as buying a house, so don’t worry about the little things that go in to it”.

    I actually really like your rug! It would be perfect for our living room that has those exact colors!! I wonder if our Home Goods has it. . . .

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed May 22, 2012, 6:30 pm

    I’ve never bought a rug, but had to comment…that sandwich looks amazing.
    Heidi xo

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