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Operation Beautiful!  When do I not love Operation Beautiful? Smile


Henry’s ball pit.  I made this when he was about 7 months old (I think?) by buying balls at a consignment shop (you can get them on Amazon, too) and filling up our pack and play. I have to say… this is the toy that has lasted the longest.  Everything else, he gets bored with too quickly.  But the ball pit is always a good time.


Plus, let’s be real, sometimes you need to trap your toddler in a safe space.


Eggs, veggies, frozen Trader Joe’s hashbrowns. I can’t get enough of this breakfast.  At this rate, one day, I will completely burn out on eggs. Or turn into a chicken.


Lorde!  Have you heard about this 16 year old singer? She’s amazing. A true artist. I’m stuck on all her songs, especially this one:

Killer music video, too.


Everywhere Babies.  This is Henry’s favorite book of the moment.


It’s really big and sturdy, and there are tons of detailed pictures featuring lots of common toddler words like balls, bottles, dogs, cats, baths, etc.  I also love this book because it features a ton of diverse couples and caregivers (biracial, same sex, young and old). If you’re a breastfeeding momma of an older baby or toddler, it also normalizes that, which I think is cool. The text is fun to read, and the ‘plot’ is cute. While we zoom through other books, Henry reads this one really slowly so he can look at each drawing.


Pigeon pose.  Hurts so good.


I’m amazed my body folds that way.


Walks.  Henry is old enough now to go on actual walks.  He can do about 1.5 mile if he’s feeling really energetic but usually peters out around 5 blocks.  He helps me walk the dogs by holding onto Maggie’s leash – it’s cute.




Splish suits.  I want a new bathing suit.  I usually swim in a plain Speedo, but I really love Splish suits for the days that I’m feeling sassy.  My old Splish suit is too big (I bought it for post-pregnancy).  I’m torn between these two designs.  Thoughts?


Speaking of swimming…. I love this swim workout from Coach Marni.


Set #1 is really fun for some reason.


So – that’s it. Smile  What are you into lately?



  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 11, 2013, 12:06 pm

    I am into speed workouts. I am about to start one right now in fact.

    I am also into moving – well not QUITE yet, but my husband just submitted his residency application so we will be finding out our next adventure in about 4-6 months which is exciting!

  • Emily @ Emily Rocks the Road September 11, 2013, 12:36 pm

    That ball pit is genius. If I had the space, I would totally do that for the Squish.

    I’m just loving that the weather is so awesome and I’m picking up my running training again!

  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 11, 2013, 12:48 pm

    I love the ball pit idea!!! Totally stealing that one from you.

  • Teresa September 11, 2013, 12:52 pm

    Great idea for a ball pit! Also, I love the tuxedo suit, too cute and fun!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 11, 2013, 12:55 pm

    Both of those suits are cute! I think I’d pick the red, white, and blue one!

  • Mandy @ Eat Pray Grow September 11, 2013, 1:28 pm

    I love the ball pit! I wish I had room for a pack ‘n play but we’re staying in our tiny apartment for now. Maybe something for Grandma’s house?

  • Noelle @ noelle mullins design September 11, 2013, 1:30 pm

    I love the wonderwoman suit! that’s my vote!

  • Farah @ Fabulously Farah September 11, 2013, 1:38 pm

    I love the superhero Splish suit. So cute.

    The eggs and hashbrowns look delish. I’ve really been into grapes lately. Sounds random, but I can’t get enough! I just pop handfuls into my mouth while I stand at the refrigerator. Yum yum!

  • Lara September 11, 2013, 1:50 pm

    Thanks for the book rec. Hey, how/when did you teach Henry to start holding your hand when out walking? G will not take my hand. I don’t know if it’s because walking is still so new that he doesn’t have time for it or what.

  • Megan (The Lyons' Share) September 11, 2013, 1:52 pm

    Ahhh, pigeon pose – THE. BEST. I need to incorporate this into my life more! For some reason, I’m super into sparkling water lately – I love La Croix!

  • Katie September 11, 2013, 1:59 pm

    I really loved the wonderwoman suit! The suit suit looks a little too much like a chippendale for me 😉 Also, I pinned the picture of your at home ball pit, such a great idea!

  • Dana September 11, 2013, 2:43 pm

    Upon reading this, I headed over to ebay and bought ball pit balls. Genius!

  • Sydney @ Trust the Skinny Cook September 11, 2013, 2:47 pm

    Splish suits! I LOVED those in high school. But they kinda bummed me out because they were so cute but didn’t last too long. The higher your training volume in the pool, the faster your suit deteriorates and becomes see-through and stretched out. I’m totally into the Nike cut-out tank suits these days… Especially the ones made with endurance fabric that will last forever!

  • Steph September 11, 2013, 2:47 pm

    WONDERWOMAN! Think of the positive subconscious message you will be giving yourself whenever you train. Too awesome.

  • Hannah September 11, 2013, 3:52 pm

    Love love l

  • Hannah September 11, 2013, 3:53 pm

    Love love love Lorde! She’s amazing!

  • Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties September 11, 2013, 4:19 pm

    i’m loving iced tea lately. 2 black tea bags + 1 mint tea bag, steeped for 5 mins then poured over ice. AMAZING. and very refreshing- which is good since its still ~90 degrees in DC!

  • Claire September 11, 2013, 5:13 pm

    TUXEDO SUIT IS THE ANSWER!!!!! And please post a picture of yourself wearing it if you get it!

  • Kim September 11, 2013, 5:20 pm

    I’d go with the patriotic looking one… it reminds me of Super Woman or Wonder Woman, which you are for doing a half Iron Man with a little kiddo to take of too! 😉

  • Hope September 11, 2013, 5:32 pm

    Yay Lorde is a kiwi! She’s awesome and apparently phenomenal live

    I’m getting back into running finally at 10 months postpartum. It’s hard and it hurts but I’m remembering how much I loved to run before my little man came along.

  • Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind September 11, 2013, 6:03 pm

    I miss ball pits!

  • Meghan @ The Blonde Triathlete September 11, 2013, 6:56 pm

    Those suits are hysterical. I need one, pronto.

  • Coco September 11, 2013, 7:14 pm

    I’m obsessed with Lorde!!!

  • Coco September 11, 2013, 7:28 pm

    Liverpool the pie ball idea! How many balls did you use to fill the pack n play?

    • Caitlin September 11, 2013, 7:39 pm

      Liverpool hah 🙂


  • Amber K September 11, 2013, 8:24 pm

    I totally want to make my own ball pit. Why don’t they make those for adults? 😉

  • Alex September 11, 2013, 9:03 pm

    Lorde is from NZ! I’m from NZ! It’s so exciting when something that’s big in NZ makes it big in the US 🙂

  • Mish @ EatingJourney September 11, 2013, 10:04 pm

    LORDE!!! She’s a Kiwi …. we got her about a month ago… and I remember FBing my sister and saying “listen to her and say that you knew her before she got big in the states!” BAM! She’s 16. Good on her! She’s fabulous, leave it to a kiwi to not give a rats arse about what other people think about them and call people out. Love it. Shes very talented!

  • Jill September 11, 2013, 10:30 pm

    I LOVE THE BALL PIT IDEA! Doing that like, tomorrow! And Lorde. And pigeon pose. Thanks for sharing :).

  • Jenea Mason September 11, 2013, 10:56 pm

    I love the ball pit idea and I love the wonder woman splish suit. Right now I’m very into lists. I make a list for EVERYTHING I do from groceries, meal plans, workouts, books I’m going to read, or whatever you can of. I don’t know what it is about lists that have me so crazy but right now I feel completely unorganized if I don’t have a list of some sort. Haha.

  • Runner Girl Eats September 12, 2013, 6:07 am

    Love those bathing suits! I am currently loving the Great Gatsby soundtrack (yes I am late to that party). But I can’t get enough. I am also loving college football 🙂

  • Shannon September 12, 2013, 6:49 am

    Everywhere Babies was a favorite of mine when my girls were toddlers, too. They are 7 and 9 now and it’s one of the handful of board books we still have and that I will never let go! 🙂 Also: I cannot believe your baby can walk 1.5 miles. My children get tired at that! My 7 and 9 year old children!! 🙂

  • Alis September 12, 2013, 8:36 am

    have you checked out the bettydesigns swimsuits? so stylish and functional for triathletes.

  • Linda September 12, 2013, 9:37 am

    Love the ball pit idea – can you tell me how many balls you have? I was going to order a set on Amazon and wonder if 200 is enough?
    also, I love the wonder woman looking swim suit!


    • Caitlin September 12, 2013, 11:46 am

      i got 300

  • Andrea September 12, 2013, 11:30 am

    Love the ball pit. Also, tuxedo swimsuit. Definitely the tuxedo.

  • Alex @ Kenzie Life September 12, 2013, 12:57 pm

    Pigeon pose does hurt so good! The ball pit idea is genius! I need to tell my godson’s parents about that! He’s two days younger than Henry and he’s just now starting to be really mobile. I’m into Celestial Seasonings Kombucha and this new vegan restaurant I found near school that has bbq jackfruit sandwiches and oatmeal cream pies. So good!!

  • Jolene ( September 12, 2013, 6:21 pm

    Crazy … I didn’t know Lorde was so young! I’ve only heard her one song, Royals, but I LOVE it.

  • Caitlin September 13, 2013, 1:20 pm

    We put balls in my nephew’s blow up pool in the summer!

    Captain America suit. Definitely. Methinks I should invest in a new suit too!

  • Theodora September 13, 2013, 9:56 pm

    TUXEDO. It says you want to be formal, but you’re here to swim 😉

  • Jamie September 15, 2013, 8:49 pm

    Tuxedo suit. It’s just so classy!

  • Kylie @ immaeatthat September 15, 2013, 11:43 pm

    Holy smokes. Your leg in the pigeon pose is sooo parallel to the front of the room (does that make sense? haha) That is what I envision myself looking like in yoga but my knee is never at a 90 degree angle like that…it’s always folded under me. I’ll keep working on that..:)

  • Liz September 18, 2013, 10:55 am

    That ball pit is genius…I might need to make one!

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