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The mural in the nursery is done!


You can see the complete nursery tour here; when I posted the pictures three weeks ago, my mother-in-law was still working on the mural.  She put in so much effort; it looks amazing.  In the end, she decided it needed a little color and added yellow leaves and yellow chests to the blue birds.  I was perfectly okay with whatever she wanted to do – she’s the artist, after all!


I call these birds Maggie and James.


Her signature is in the corner – I guess she wants to be called Nan!  It made me cry a bit when I saw it.


This evening, after the paint had dried, I pushed everything back into place and hung out in the room for  bit.  Since it’s been under paint construction for so long, I haven’t really sat in the room at all. 


It’s starting to feel really, really real.  Crikey. <— Yeah.  I just said crikey.  The situation warrants it.


You know what else is real?


And by real, I mean really awesome?


Cinnamon Chex.  Oh my goodness.  I don’t even want to look at the nutritional label because I’m pretty sure these fall under the ‘dessert cereal’ category but BOY – are they good. They taste like Cinnamon Toast Crunch.


Someone hide the box.


Dinner included a vegetable or two. 


This was a really easy and tasty meal.  The secret ingredient?  A can of soup.  Instant flavor and instant sauce!


To make (for two servings):


Steamed greens

2 cups cooked brown rice

1/2 can corn, drained

1 can lentil vegetable soup


All mixed together in a pan and allowed to simmer for 5 minutes or so. 


A full belly means I am getting very, very sleepy…



  • Kath June 7, 2012, 9:13 pm

    Love it!!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 7, 2012, 9:22 pm

    That mural is beautiful! And how great that your baby will grow up knowing his grandmother painted it for him!

  • Carin June 7, 2012, 9:23 pm

    Even when you’re getting impatient, it’s still weird when it feels “real” – “crikey ” is definitely a polite way to put it – and an understatement!

    Love that your MIL is “Nan” – are you going the Brit route too as a “mum” or sticking with “mom”?

    • Laine June 7, 2012, 9:44 pm

      My mom is “Nan” to my nieces and nephews and they call their mom “mum” (my sibling and I call our mom that too.) I don’t think it’s British.

    • Caitlin June 8, 2012, 10:38 am

      I think I’m going to be mum. 🙂

  • Earthy Nicole June 7, 2012, 9:23 pm

    Can I just say AWWWWWW!?
    I love the mural… love, love! And the realness you’re feeling is so exciting. I’m so happy for you and this sort of turning point is so precious, enjoy it!

  • Vanessa (@IsleStyleLiving) June 7, 2012, 9:24 pm

    That recipe sounds good!

    I’m going to try that soon =)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the mural! I love how Nan signed her name… too cute.

  • Dori June 7, 2012, 9:28 pm

    LOVE the mural! The yellow chests on the birds are a really nice touch. And “Nan loves you” is really, really sweet.

  • Nicky June 7, 2012, 9:29 pm

    If you have the baby on June 14, you’ll remember Flag Day for the rest of your life (my sister’s bday).

    Boy name idea: Gray

  • Kristin @ CelebratetheGoodness June 7, 2012, 9:31 pm

    The mural is amazing!!! “Nan” totally should do that as a side job to the clinic! Your little one is going to love it. The nursery looks so peaceful and calming! I totally might have to try the Cinnamon Chex for a snack but I’m a little nervous…Cinnamon Toast Crunch is like potato chips..I can never eat just one!

  • Ellen June 7, 2012, 9:32 pm

    Excellent color choices for the mural! My bedroom is also gray, turquoise and yellow 😀 It is beautiful.

  • Becca @ Blueberry Smiles June 7, 2012, 9:32 pm

    The nursery looks beautiful! She did a fantastic job

  • April June 7, 2012, 9:34 pm

    That mural is amazing!! Such a wonderful, welcoming nursery for that little one to grow up in

    P.S. Thanks for the Chex review…I am already addicted to the regular and I feel the need to now run to the store and get these!

  • Penny June 7, 2012, 9:38 pm

    I want that mural in my room. I would like to have my ENTIRE HOUSE painted like that. She is amazing.

  • Christena June 7, 2012, 9:54 pm

    “Nan” is so talented. And what a sweet little note she wrote on the wall! The mural is so beautiful and the yellow is perfect. You look great also!

  • Katie June 7, 2012, 10:02 pm

    Love the mural addition! Since I’m a little ahead of you with the children (my boys are 4 1/2 & 6) I can imagine how much they would have loved that when they were toddlers! I know that seems ages away. But I can just imagine your toddler pointing to the bids and saying birdies! or insisting on the other birdies names, “thas Maggie!”. I’m telling you, you are going to have a lot of precious moments with that beautiful mural. I’m so happy for you!

    • Caitlin June 8, 2012, 10:39 am

      Aw that’s good to know it will be able to grow with the baby! That was one of our goals.

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 7, 2012, 10:06 pm

    Wow, I never thought to use lentil soup that way — brilliant! I’m actually going to bookmark that one!
    Btw, the nursery is GORGEOUS (which I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, haha). Your mother-in-law is welcome to come to NY and paint every wall in my house however she likes.

  • Sara June 7, 2012, 10:33 pm

    The mural is gorgeous!

  • Angela June 7, 2012, 10:42 pm

    The mural looks amazing! I love the colors you choose for nursery! The cinnamon chex is so freaking good, I had to limit myself to only buying once and awhile because I will stand in the kitchen eating it straight out of the box by the handful!

  • Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions June 7, 2012, 10:42 pm

    That nursery is gorgeous! And I love, LOVE the “Nan loves you” part. Precious.

  • Kathryn June 7, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Wow – one of the most beautiful nurseries I’ve ever seen. You must be so excited to meet baby HTP soon!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 7, 2012, 11:35 pm

    wow – what a talented lady! looks so very wonderful!

  • KaraHadley June 7, 2012, 11:44 pm

    Ahhh, that mural is so awesome! I wish I had something cool like that when I was a kid.
    And you got me so excited with that picture of you. I’m dying to find out if it’s a boy or a girl!

  • Reenie June 7, 2012, 11:57 pm

    LOVE the yellow added to it. Great job NAN ~ it’s absolutely adorable =)

  • Nicole Dyan June 8, 2012, 12:14 am

    AHHHHHGGGG Cinnamon Chex!!! I just went through a box by myself in only a few days so I banned myself from buying more for a while. Cinnamon Toast Crunch is my favorite cereal and it tastes just like it!

    • Caitlin June 8, 2012, 10:39 am

      Doesn’t it? It’s like crack.

  • Leslie June 8, 2012, 12:21 am

    Simply lovely! Nan did a beautiful job. Every little detail in this nursery is just so sweet. You all have worked together to create an adorable space filled with love.
    Caitlin you are a beautiful mother to be. So happy for you.

  • Jen June 8, 2012, 12:39 am

    The nursery looks absolutely amazing…sooo beautiful! And I love Nan’s personal touch (it almost made ME tear up). Sooooo excited for you!!!

  • Liz June 8, 2012, 1:12 am

    I LOVE cinnamon Chex, too! They are really addictive, so I almost never buy ’em…

    Tell your MIL the nursery looks beautiful! She is very talented & I love the addition of the yellow.

  • Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana June 8, 2012, 3:31 am

    I love the yellow! She is so talented, the mural is just beautiful 🙂 I’m sure it will mean so much to your little boy/girl!

  • jen June 8, 2012, 6:17 am

    so i read the adorable “nan loves you”, promptly teared up, then laughed at the next line of you crying too, haha. this mural is so amazing! what a beautiful nursery!

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes June 8, 2012, 7:03 am

    The nursery looks *amazing*! Props to your mother-in-law for a fabulous job. The pop of color from the yellow and blue brings the room to another level–and I love the two birds 🙂

  • Angie June 8, 2012, 7:36 am

    The nursery is beautiful. I never would have thought of using those colors, but it makes the room look like such a magical place. Especially with those sweet little birds.

  • Jen June 8, 2012, 7:41 am

    The mural is gorgeous. I love the color! Can’t wait to see your baby in it 🙂

  • Shari June 8, 2012, 7:46 am

    What a beautiful mural! The whole nursery is so lovely!

  • Danielle June 8, 2012, 7:57 am

    The mural is gorgeous!
    I love all the chex cereals: cinnamon, honey, chocolate, regular…. best way to eat them is mix’em all together with some greek yogurt. And disregard the sugar. 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed June 8, 2012, 8:16 am

    I love that she painted the mural for the nursery!!!! I wish I had someone that artistic in my life to do something like that for my future babes. I guess I’ll be satisfied with my crafty friends potentially helping me redo furniture I already have and produce decorative crafts 🙂

  • Pip June 8, 2012, 8:25 am

    The mural is SO beautiful! I’d love something that that. Nan is a very English word for Grandma 🙂 I agree with the people above – Nan should take commissions!

  • Nicole June 8, 2012, 8:26 am

    What a beautiful mural!

  • Christie June 8, 2012, 8:57 am

    You seriously have the cutest little baby room! LOVE the mural!

  • Abby June 8, 2012, 9:07 am

    I love the mural…I want it in my room! That’s one lucky baby!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 8, 2012, 9:09 am

    That soup makes a great sweet potato topping, too! 🙂

  • Dana P. June 8, 2012, 9:36 am

    The nursery looks amazing! My husband calls his grandma Nan, too!

  • Elizabeth @ Southern Color June 8, 2012, 9:44 am

    The nursery looks awesome, I love the color scheme! And your MIL did a terrific job on the mural!

  • Ashley June 8, 2012, 10:27 am

    She did such a great job!! it really does look wonderful – I showed my mom and she was blown away.
    I had a dream last night you went into labour – my pregnant dreams have been off the wall and include everyone and anyone lately!

    • Caitlin June 8, 2012, 10:40 am

      I wish I would go into labor!

      • Ashley June 8, 2012, 11:09 am

        Fingers crossed for you!! 🙂

  • Beth June 8, 2012, 10:35 am

    I love the nursery!!!! The pictures need to be in a magazine,they are so amazing!! 🙂

  • Susan June 8, 2012, 11:05 am

    Have you tried the new PB cheerios? It’s totally like eating peanut butter from the jar, just in cereal form. Soooooo good. And hey – multigrain! So, a good way to have denial about how it’s not exactly the most healthy food in the world.

  • Jenna H June 8, 2012, 11:05 am

    Love the mural! The whole room is amazing :).

    I saw that y’all are deciding between Oliver, Henry, and Jack for a boy and while you really can’t go wrong I feel like I have to add my $.02 in. Please pick Oliver! I love love love it. It’s less popular than the other two, is British-y (super popular there, plus it’s a Dickens name and has lit cred) and Oliver Kristien Boyle sounds pretty awesome. I do love Henry and Jack too though…

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb June 8, 2012, 11:31 am

    The mural is incredible!!! 🙂

  • Kerin June 8, 2012, 11:32 am

    I love the mural. The yellow is my favorite part! So cool that it was done by the Nan. My grandpa built our sandbox when I was a kid and I think those personal touches make it really special.

  • allpointswhole June 8, 2012, 11:58 am

    Oh man…that’s beautiful!!!

  • Bethany June 8, 2012, 12:02 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that mural. The baby’s room is so adorable and perfect and beautiful. Well done.

  • Ellie @ healthy belly ellie June 8, 2012, 12:22 pm

    That is the most beautiful nursery I’ve ever seen! I absolutely LOVE the color scheme!!

  • Lauren June 8, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Wow your mother-in-law is extremely talented! That is one lucky baby who gets to live in the most beautiful nursery I’ve ever seen!
    I have a weakness for cinnamon chex cereal too! It’s just so hard to resist!

  • Sam @ Fit for My Fork June 8, 2012, 2:40 pm

    The nursery looks wonderful! I love the mural!

  • Amber K June 8, 2012, 3:00 pm

    I had to stop buying Cinnamon Chex because I would eat faaaar too much of it! So good!

    Nan – that’s cute! I like the name and I love the mural.

  • Brigid June 8, 2012, 3:59 pm

    The nursery mural is absolutely *gorgeous*!

  • Laura June 8, 2012, 4:34 pm

    The mural is so cool! That baby room is probably the coolest I’ve ever seen!

  • Rachel June 8, 2012, 5:23 pm

    BabyHTP’s nursery looks amazing! i love that modern style. seeing that mural your MIL did makes me a little sad. my mother was an artist/art teacher & i had visions of her painting our kids rooms, but she passed away before that could happen 🙁 and that artistic gene did NOT get passed on to me!

    Baby will be here any day now! aaaah! are you ready!?!

  • Ashley June 9, 2012, 4:29 am

    The mural and the whole nursery looks stunning!!

  • lindsay @ prettylittleparadise June 9, 2012, 9:57 am

    your nursery is gorgeous… i want it as my own room!! the new yellow “pops” look amazing! enjoy your last few days of your pregnancy!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 9, 2012, 2:41 pm

    Gorgeous mural! I love the blue + yellow combo, and the signature is adorable 🙂

  • Amber June 10, 2012, 6:51 pm

    That is absolutely beautiful! She did amazing!

  • Ellie@Fit for the Soul June 10, 2012, 8:02 pm

    whooooaaaa that is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND CUTE baby room I have ever seen! awww how exciting for u guys! And you’re looking so great Caitlin~:)

  • Amanda K. June 15, 2012, 9:51 am

    wanted to let you know i made this recipe last night and it was DELICIOUS. so, so easy (and cheap!). most healthy recipes THIS healthy take lots of chopping, ingredients and prep. this will def become a regular — for especially when we’re short on time.

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