My appetite is off. the. charts.  I don’t know if it’s running, breastfeeding, or what, but maaaan.  Fuel me up.  This is lunch numero dos.


A Trader Joe’s microwavable curry over greens <— lazy person’s lunch.


We’re having a fun day.  We drove the Husband to work (which sounds like a chore, but it’s a nice way to spend time together that would otherwise be lost to the commute), and then Henry and I went to a play date at my friend’s house.  It’s only when I see Henry interacting with other kiddos that I realize he spends all his time with adults (or pets).  The other kids were around one year old, but I think Henry had fun watching them do their big kid thing and gnawing on someone else’s toys.  He was all smiles the whole time.


Look, a happy car seat face!  Let’s not talk about the sad car seat meltdown we had over the weekend.  Oh lord.  That one will go down in the Boyle history books.


I wanted to link to two awesome blog posts that I recently read…


First up:  Single Dad Laughing – 16 Ways I Blew My Marriage – It’s just such a genuine and heartfelt post with really, really good advice.


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And Katy Widrick – What a Difference A Year Makes – Every new mom should read this post!


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Your turn!  What’s the best post you’ve read recently?  Link away!



  • Malaya November 29, 2012, 3:28 pm

    I actually just read the “16 Ways I Blew My Marriage” the other day & was so impressed! What great insight!

  • Erin @ November 29, 2012, 3:35 pm

    Definitely love the “16 Ways I Blew My Marriage” post. Actually, the writer just came out of the closet yesterday on his blog and all of his posts are amazing – especially the recent ones! Very powerful stuff! Thanks for sharing!

  • MissPinkKate November 29, 2012, 3:41 pm

    “Single Dad Laughing” just came out as bisexual….just guessing that being in the closet is probably another way to blow your marriage to a woman.

    • laura November 29, 2012, 3:59 pm

      oh wow!!!!

      • Claire November 29, 2012, 4:15 pm

        Yeah, I imagine there were WAY more issues going on there than just not holding hands with your spouse any more.
        And to be honest, I really didn’t like that blog post. “Don’t Yell At Your Spouse”? “Don’t Always Point Our Her Weaknesses?” “Don’t Be Stingy With Your Money?” These are steps to being a basic decent human being, not how to strengthen or save a marriage.

        • Amber K November 29, 2012, 10:04 pm

          Wow. I have to agree. I was really shocked at his “advice.” Isn’t it all, you know, common sense??? Like seriously, “Don’t Call Names”?? But the definite worst was “Don’t Yell At Your Spouse”?? #whoknew??

    • Deanne November 29, 2012, 7:43 pm

      Wow. I know he has done posts in the past detailing his struggle with his sexuality. Everyone always thought he was secretly gay so after one of his divorces he tried dating men and after awhile he claimed it didn’t work for him. He claimed at the time he was disipointed since he had started to believe all the people telling him that he must be gay.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 29, 2012, 3:50 pm

    I’ve seen a couple of people post on the “16 Ways I Blew My Marriage”. I need to check that out.

    I hear ya on the hunger too! I’m increased my running and I’ve been hungry like a beast!

  • laura November 29, 2012, 4:00 pm

    wow, thank you for sharing–those two articles were inspiring in different ways. love when i stumble upon great reads.

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 29, 2012, 4:03 pm

    I’m glad you posted the “16 Ways I Blew My Marriage” – I just gave it a read and it’s pretty brilliant!

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) November 29, 2012, 4:08 pm
  • Melissa @TryingtoHeal November 29, 2012, 4:09 pm

    That guy that wrote the 16 ways i blew my marriage is awesome. I think every husband, even boyfriend, should read it!

  • Kayla @ The Best Things November 29, 2012, 4:14 pm

    Loved those articles.. I’m always saying, “this time last year, I’d never have believed you if you’d told me where I’d be!”. Henry is the cutest, by the way.

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life November 29, 2012, 4:14 pm

    Just read, “What a difference a year makes.” I loved it! I’m about to have a daughter myself and I keep thinking of how much I want to share those same messages with her. Thank you for sharing!

  • Kristen L November 29, 2012, 4:16 pm

    Great links. Both are really great articles.

  • Sarah November 29, 2012, 4:38 pm

    Funny you should ask.
    I’ve been reading Mark’s Daily Apple for a couple of months now as I’m ‘going primal’ It has been amazing and I feel pretty fabulous. I wonder if you have any thoughts on primal living?

    Today’s post was all about negative emotions and taking charge of your wellness. It really resonated with me.

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama November 29, 2012, 4:43 pm

    I’m going to go check out the article about marriage, but I have to admit that picture is really off-putting. It’s like he’s diminishing the fact that he “blew his marriage” by making that face.

    • Max November 29, 2012, 7:34 pm

      I think sometimes you have to have a sense of humour and poke fun at yourself to get through the tough stuff in life

  • Katie P. November 29, 2012, 5:11 pm

    My (almost) six month daughter gives my husband and I awesome smiles – but no one gets her to smile and laugh like her cousins. It is amazing how much fun she has watching and interacting with kids!

  • Crystal November 29, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks the 16 ways guy is an ass? I’m pretty sure most people know you shouldn’t call your spouse names or yell at them. It’s not rocket science.

    • Max November 29, 2012, 7:32 pm

      If you read the post, he actually explains that he does not call his wife names but labels her with terms like ‘stubborn’ and by yelling he is referring to calling out day to day questions to one another across the house.

      • Amber K November 29, 2012, 10:08 pm

        Yeah, things most people know NOT to do…

        • Max November 30, 2012, 3:01 am

          Really? You’ve never called out to ask your partner in the other room whether they’ve seen the car keys? You’ve never said “you’re being a bit stubborn about this”? Not everyone is so perfect, I guess. I’m certainly not.

  • abbi November 29, 2012, 5:16 pm

    Enjoyed reading both and I could probably even learn a thing or two from the 16 Ways one even in my happy marriage! I coordinate a program to run with shelter dogs so this was one of the best I read today:

    • Katie November 29, 2012, 9:52 pm

      I LOVE the idea of getting people to run with shelter dogs!

  • Emily November 29, 2012, 5:44 pm

    One of the best blogs that I read this month is Holiday Survival Guide: Beauty Redefined.

  • Lisa November 29, 2012, 6:03 pm

    That goofy smile is adorable!

  • Rebecca November 29, 2012, 6:11 pm

    I loved the posts! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  • Judy E. November 29, 2012, 6:38 pm

    On the 16 Ways post: I wanted a divorce after #3.

  • Julie November 29, 2012, 7:31 pm

    Henry is seriously so cute, he makes me smile everytime I visit your blog!

    • Caitlin November 29, 2012, 8:26 pm

      thank you!

  • Deanne November 29, 2012, 7:39 pm

    I really liked Dan’s post “I’m Christian, Unless you’re Gay”. That post in my opinion is better than his “16 ways I blew my marriage”. It makes you think. We are called to LOVE people not hate them no matter what that persons vices are. We each have them and it’s not our place to judge.

    • clare November 30, 2012, 3:03 pm

      Yeah but now to find out he lied in the article about his own sexuality changed my opinon of why he wrote it.

  • Courtney @ Run-ista November 29, 2012, 8:03 pm

    The 16 ways post was really interesting! As others are saying, I imagine denying your sexual orientation to yourself doesn’t aid much in making a marriage work. I wonder if he’ll do a follow up post to that.

  • Julie November 29, 2012, 8:10 pm

    Wow, love the post by SDL! I also enjoyed the follow up to it with the 15 other insights! Good shares 🙂

  • Amber K November 29, 2012, 10:10 pm

    Katy’s post was definitely sweet. I’m not to the point where I’m completely okay with every picture of myself, but I love reading about people who rock absolute self-confidence. (Even if I don’t fully get why they were worried in the first place 😉 )

  • The Healthy Apple November 29, 2012, 10:22 pm

    These 2 posts are great; thank you for sharing. I have loved reading your blog everyday and I am so happy for you and your beautiful family. You are amazing and you look so happy and beautiful; sending you holiday hugs!

  • Kimmy November 29, 2012, 11:03 pm

    How do you feel about those frozen meals in terms of saturated fat, sodium, and carbs? 75% of your daily saturated fat?!?! That seems insane to me!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2012, 7:09 am

      Meh. Not something I should eat everyday. But every now and then is fine.

  • Kristy November 29, 2012, 11:11 pm

    Oh! I just saw that 16 ways I ruined my marriage article on Pinterest. I want to send it to my boyfriend… But I think that may be too much.

  • Keri November 29, 2012, 11:34 pm

    Love both posts. Thanks for sharing. Giving me a lot of food for thought. Lately I’ve been hungry for conversation. And thinking and LOVING this TEDTalk: (Not a post to read, but sooooo worth watching.

  • Mandy November 30, 2012, 8:47 am

    I don’t know if anyone has posted this one yet, but it’s also great for new moms. “The Mom Stays In the Picture”

  • Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset November 30, 2012, 11:49 am

    Those were both really great posts- especially the Single Dad one! I’ll have to remember those tips for when I get married 🙂

  • Katy Widrick November 30, 2012, 1:13 pm

    Caitlin…thank you so much. I wrote that post and saved it as a draft, terrified of sharing it. I let it simmer overnight and then figured the fact that I was scared to post my honest feelings was a sign that it was important enough to get out there. I — very hesitantly! — hit publish in the morning. It means so much that you liked it!

  • Brigid of Vegging Out November 30, 2012, 1:13 pm

    I agree with some of the other posters about “16 Ways” being pretty common sense. I read this article a few months ago, though, and loved it: While I don’t agree with all of her ideas, most are great, and it made me feel very hopeful about my brand-new marriage.

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