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After writing over 4,500 posts in five years, I’ve suddenly encountered something weird: I feel like I have nothing to say. I’ve experienced writer’s block before, but it’s usually about articles or books – not the blog. Recently, I realized my problem – Instagram!  I love Instagraming, but sometimes I feel like I’m saying the things that I want to say – or at least sharing the images I want to share – on that space. That’s no fair to the blog! So I’ve decided to re-blog some of my favorites with some additional thoughts…

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We’ve had Pippa for about a year now, and I am OBSESSED. I love that cat! She is so fun and friendly. And Henry has learned to say “MEOW” so now they talk to each other. And the dogs have warmed up to her, too.  Do you want to know what my bed looks like at night now?  It’s jammed full with Kristien, me, Maggie, James, and Pippa, who finds a nice, cozy spot on Kristien’s head to sleep.

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I love this image… Sometimes, I feel like I’m dragging myself to the gym, but I think of this little fact and feel so motivated. Only 4%? I waste at least 8% on Instagram!

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Maggie is getting so old…. It’s sad. I have to carry her up and down the stairs most of the time, and I think she’s losing some of her senses… A bit of food will be right under her nose and she can’t find it. I think a trip to the vet is probably in order, just for a check-up.

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Speaking of the doctor… Henry had his 15 month appointment yesterday!  In this picture, I’m asking him to say, “CHEESE!”  He passed everything with flying colors, although the doctor did say that we have to get rid of the bottles now.  I’ve known this was coming and have been paring them down, but I was kind of hoping he’d give them up completely on his own.  Not gonna happen!  Today is the start of No More Babas.  It’s good times…. <— sarcasm font.

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We went to a big consignment sale this morning. I was looking for Christmas presents and fall clothes. I also bought him a slide – I can’t wait until Henry wakes up from this nap so he can play on it.  If you’re in the area, it’s called Sail Again.  It was the best consignment sale that I’ve been to, and trust me – I’ve been to a lot!

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Impossible to work.  That is all.

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I love my Thought a Day journal. So much easier than keeping a diary!  Sometimes, I go a few days without writing anything down and then go back and fill it in.  Mostly, I just keep track of what we did and new milestones that Henry is hitting.

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Oh, James. What big ears you have!

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Henry looks so old in this picture, doesn’t he? Time flies when you’re having fun.

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I know that Pumpkin Spice Lattes are almost a joke nowadays, but MAN – I still love them, I’m still pumped that the drink is back, and I will still cry when PSLs go away for the season.  Pumpkin Spice for life!

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We went to TWO concerts recently! This is huge because the last concert I went to was Coldplay in 2007. Two in a month is a big deal. We saw Bruno Mars, who was literally the best act I’ve ever seen. We also saw Muse, who I’m not as familiar with but still really enjoyed.

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Henry’s favorite ‘chore’ is walking the dogs. He’s good at it, too!

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Little gray doggie faces kill me. It’s the cutest thing ever.


I’m CaitlinHTP on Instagram.  Let’s be friends!



  • Katie September 18, 2013, 12:32 pm

    Ohh maggie, so sweet, I hope she is alright. Also, how in the heck do you and your hubby “reconnect” with all those others in the bed?!

    • Caitlin September 18, 2013, 12:35 pm


    • Megan September 20, 2013, 5:39 pm

      Seriously? This is just as bad as the comments I get when people hear that my toddler is in our bed most nights.

      Creativity is key, people!!!!

  • Bethany September 18, 2013, 12:38 pm

    I saw Bruno earlier this month in Miami and I have to agree it was a GREAT show. Went in not knowing all of the songs but still had a blast. Love the song “When I Was Your Man” but thought it got a bit cheesy, what did you think???

    • Caitlin September 18, 2013, 12:42 pm

      Haha i loved the cheese. I loved it all!

      • Bethany September 18, 2013, 4:42 pm

        one word: DAMN 🙂

  • Emily @ The Good Era September 18, 2013, 12:50 pm

    Aww I hope Maggie is ok!! I LOVE that Henry is “cleaning” the floors….gotta put them to work early! 😉

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 18, 2013, 1:07 pm

    Love seeing these photos — some really good memories there!

    It makes me so sad to hear that Maggie is slowing down — mostly because, as a fellow dachshund mama, I’m dreading when it starts to happen to my pup. But she’s so lucky to have such a loving, wonderful family to take care of her! 🙂

    Sending Maggie all kinds of positive vibes!

  • Emily @ Emily Rocks the Road September 18, 2013, 1:29 pm

    We’re doing the great bottle debate right now. Squish doesn’t go to sleep without one, but we’re kind of dragging our feet on weaning him off. Our doctor isn’t too worried about it yet, so I think I’ll put it off until I’m told in no uncertian term it’s got to go 🙂

    I love the sweet grey doggie face! Duke’s going grey too, but since he’s a yellow dog it’s harder to notice.

  • Mandy @ Eat Pray Grow September 18, 2013, 1:37 pm

    I love the concept of a thought a day – that’s so manageable! I think I’ll have to snatch one up before our baby comes in February. I’d love to have a place to record those little moments when everything seems like a blur! And the thoughts I have in the months leading up to it – I’m sure some of them (pre-motherhood naivity) will make me laugh later!

  • Lori September 18, 2013, 1:47 pm

    no need to be clever on our account – it’s extremely motivating to me when you simply post picture of what you’re eating!!!!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 18, 2013, 2:52 pm

    Oh poor Maggie! We have a cat that isn’t “all there” she seriously stares at walls…its a little strange. I can’t believe how big Henry is now! I feel like you were pregnant not that long ago!!

  • Jen September 18, 2013, 3:19 pm

    He is growing up so much! My little one is 3 months behind Henry, but the Swiffer is definitely a favorite toy. We also saw Bruno Mars back in July- absolutely awesome- we never sat down it was one giant party.

  • Jenn September 18, 2013, 4:05 pm

    Did the Swiffer change your life? Also, I can’t get over how ADORBS Henry and the pups are.

  • Jessica @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad September 18, 2013, 5:00 pm

    I really like Muse. I haven’t been to a big concert like that in ages.

  • Kristi September 18, 2013, 5:25 pm

    I love the Thought a Day Journal. I’ve added it to my wish list on Amazon.

  • jennifer September 18, 2013, 6:11 pm

    I love PSL! Starbucks makes them the best! You do know that Starbuck’s whipped cream contains dairy

  • K September 18, 2013, 7:49 pm

    Is there an actual medical reason for bottle weaning at fifteen months and if not then surely it’s up to you and your husband as to when you do it?

    • Megan September 20, 2013, 5:43 pm

      I think it can cause orthodontic all problems, as well as bottle rot if babies are put to bed with a bottle. Developmentally I don’t know that it’s a bi deal. Plenty of us nurse for longer than 15 months (not exactly the same but still- a comfort measure either way).

  • Jill September 18, 2013, 9:30 pm

    I feel ya! I ended up deleting my Facebook because between IG and my own blog, I felt like I was being very very redundant! I much much prefer IG to Facebook at the end of the day, so much less muss and fuss!

  • Kathleen September 18, 2013, 9:31 pm

    This is so random but what is the custom annotation on your PSL?

    Need to get myself one of those!

    • Alyssa September 19, 2013, 12:24 pm

      I can answer as a former barista – it means soy milk and whipped cream :).

  • Jenea Mason September 18, 2013, 10:25 pm

    Loved the pictures! Hopefully everything is okay with Maggie!

  • Barca Mama September 19, 2013, 4:10 am

    I saw your ‘Thought a Day Journal’ on another post, then purchased it off of Amazon. I love it!

  • Reenie September 19, 2013, 10:59 am

    Great pics…. Henry’s sooo cute. xo

  • Amanda September 19, 2013, 2:02 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I’m a first time commenter, but a long time reader. First of all, thanks for your wonderful blog — I think it’s a joy to read and I have to say Henry is one of the cutest kids!
    Second of all, I saw this sweater and it made me think of you and your fur babies immediately. Couldn’t resist sharing — being an animal lover myself, of course this is what would make me come out of the woodwork! 😉

    • Caitlin September 20, 2013, 12:48 pm

      Haha i love it. thanks for reading!

  • Amy September 19, 2013, 2:46 pm

    What kind of baby gate do you have (in the pic of Henry and the Swiffer)? Do you like them?

  • SuperCutePetContest September 19, 2013, 4:19 pm

    This is a great idea! I rarely check instagram, unlike my husband who is totally addicted (he can’t even wait at a red light without checking! he does put his phone away when the light turns green though!), so I’m glad you are posting them here!

    James, Maggie, and Pippa are so cute, I’m sure they’d be winners on my website!

  • Whitney Vineyard @ home•free September 20, 2013, 5:34 am

    I adore the Pumpkin Spice Latte- no shame here. I still haven’t had one yet because I’m waiting for sweater weather, but once it get’s here I’ll have mine with an extra shot of espresso, please!

  • Sara September 20, 2013, 8:11 pm

    I saw Bruno in July and he was the best concert I’ve ever been to as well! And I saw Beyonce in the same week! Bruno is UNBELIEVABLE live. I’m so excited he’ll be performing at the Super Bowl!

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) September 21, 2013, 11:22 am

    I had a dear friend from Michigan that moved to Arizona and she missed the weather change that Arizona just couldn’t bring about like Michigan. PSL made her miss it even more….she suddenly passed away last week and now PSL have a whole new meaning to me. They honor my sweet friend, Sue!

  • Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} September 21, 2013, 8:40 pm

    I hear ya on old dogs. My lab mix is 15.5 years old and has become incontinent this past week. It’s so sad. 🙁

  • Nancy September 22, 2013, 3:43 pm

    Very cute pictures and detailed post. I wonder how you find this energy?

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