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Last night, the Husband, his brother, and his sister left to buy a Christmas tree.  They returned with this monster.


That is one really, really big tree.  I think it’s about eight and a half feet. 


In fact, the tree was so large that our tree stand wouldn’t support it.  So Mr. Tree is living in a bucket for now.  Fortunately, the Husband had an impulse to buy not one but TWO trees – “One for upstairs!” – so we put the smaller one in our base and decorated the little tree last night.  He’s now in the TV room. 


Maybe we’ll get to decorate the big boy tonight. Or maybe he’ll live in his bucket for the next week (odds are high).


Speaking of holiday cheer…


Remember the wonderful organization Headbands of Hope?


Headbands of Hope was created by a college student named Jessica.  For every headband purchased from Headbands of Hope, the organization donates a headband to a girl who has lost her hair after cancer treatment. 


Headbands of Hope and Operation Beautiful have teamed up to create an official Operation Beautiful headband just in time for the holidays.

Operation Beautiful for Headbands of Hope

Being a young girl presents many struggles with self-esteem already and losing their hair as a result of a life-threatening illness is traumatic. Not only do they have to face the risk of losing their lives, they feel that they lose a part of their identity. Headbands are a perfect way for these girls to feel "girly" and have a constant reminder that they’re not alone. Therefore, at Headbands of Hope for every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research.


Jessica and I designed the Operation Beautiful headband to incorporate strong positive messages – Vibrant, Strong, Beautiful, Hope, Courage – on a pretty purple band.  It’s stretchy and soft.  Even Henry likes to wear it. Smile


Spread hope and holiday cheer this season by purchasing your Operation Beautiful headband for $10.85.  Your purchase includes an extra headband, which will be donated directly to a young girl going through cancer treatment.  This is a great gift for friends and coworkers or little sisters and nieces – and an awesome stocking stuffer!


If you’re giving a girl in your life the headband, may I suggest pairing it with the new Operation Beautiful: One Note at a Time book for tweens and teens?  A perfect gift combo!  Thank you for your support! <3


Happy Monday!



  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 3, 2012, 8:42 am

    The tree is huge (!) but I’m sure it will look absolutely beautiful once it’s decorated!

  • Molly @ RDexposed December 3, 2012, 8:46 am

    Um, we pretty much did the same thing yesterday. Bought a tree that was too big (only realized once home) and then it wouldn’t fit in the tree stand. We made an immediate Target run though.

  • Sara @ fitcupcaker December 3, 2012, 8:51 am

    I love the headbands, so cute! I want to buy a real Christmas tree next year. Im done with the fake ones!

  • Stacy @ Stacy Eats December 3, 2012, 9:24 am

    I remember you talking about this awesome organization before and I just love this. Such a great idea and such a loving way to make these girls feel better. I am definitely going to buy a headband for my niece this Christmas.
    Henry looks adorable in his! 🙂

  • Anne Weber-Falk December 3, 2012, 9:25 am

    Love the work you do. It’s truly a wonderful thing. Thank you. That Henry is the cutest thing on two legs. I just want to squeeze him!

  • Jenny @ For Your Consideration December 3, 2012, 9:32 am

    Haha! I love that tree in the bucket. Maybe you could decorate the bucket and make it work… 🙂

  • Lindsay@A Healthy State of Mind December 3, 2012, 9:42 am

    That mirror above your mantel is gorgeous! Where is it from? I’m in the market 🙂

    • Caitlin December 3, 2012, 10:05 am

      Home goods! They have good stuff

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human December 3, 2012, 9:59 am

    I love the headband! Such a great idea! I think it’s awesome that your husband gets into the Christmas spirit. When I suggested two trees, my husband gave me a look like I was crazy!

  • Laura December 3, 2012, 10:12 am

    Great job designing the headband. Henry looks adorable in it!
    I cannot wait until my family gets our xmas tree! I love the smell and it just brightens up a home 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 3, 2012, 10:15 am

    Hahaha Henry looks great in the headband! And I helped my brother and sister-in-law pick out their tree last night, but it definitely wasn’t that tall! Good thing though since their dog has already knocked it over once!

  • Beks December 3, 2012, 10:26 am

    The purple headband makes Henry’s eyes POP! LOL

  • Erin December 3, 2012, 10:29 am

    I have a feeling Pippa will LOVE the tree(s). Every cat I’ve ever known has been found hiding up and IN the Christmas tree at one time or another. Not going to lie, a few trees have been knocked over in the process…

  • Laura December 3, 2012, 10:31 am

    The headband is so lovely and it’s a great idea that someone going through cancer treatment will get one, too :).

  • Cait December 3, 2012, 11:05 am

    good grief, henry looks like a doll in that photo! adorable!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action December 3, 2012, 11:18 am

    That tree is huge! But I’m sure it will look beautiful once it’s all decorated.

    Those headbands are such a great idea!

  • Jessica December 3, 2012, 11:22 am

    Thanks for sharing about the headbands! What a great story & cause as well as the perfect gift for 2 of my friends I just bought them for 🙂

    • Caitlin December 3, 2012, 12:01 pm

      thank you!!!

  • Jessica December 3, 2012, 12:28 pm

    The headband looks better on Henry than it does on me! 🙂 Thanks so much for partnering with me on this, you’re the best! xo Jess

  • Jen December 3, 2012, 12:28 pm

    I was excited to read about your collaboration with Headbands of Hope. After reading about Jessica and the organization on your blog, I became a rep for them! If anyone wants to buy something from the site (www.headbandsofhope.org) you can use the promo code hopejen for $1 off! Thanks for spreading the message!

  • Morgan December 3, 2012, 12:49 pm

    Oh my gosh. That picture of Henry just kills me. So cute.

  • Katy December 3, 2012, 9:29 pm

    WOW! That is a big ass tree! It’s going to take a very long time to decorate. Enjoy!

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