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I found an awesome new floor cleaner yesterday (side note: thanks for all your suggestions!).


It’s called Simply Floored! and I picked it up at Whole Foods.  It was about $8 for the bottle – I thought it was a concentrated liquid when I purchased it, but when I got home, I realized it was a spray + mop product. 


I bought it because it’s safe to use on all floor types, so I can use it to clean my hardwoods AND my tile.  There are no harsh chemicals and it’s naturally scented with extracts of grapefruit, spearmint, and lemon.  It didn’t leave any streaks!  My only complaint is that I wish it was more smelly – I like my house to REEK OF CLEAN after I clean it.  Hah.


Yesterday’s Lunch:


Grilled Cheese Awesomeness



This soup was awesome.  I don’t know what I’m doing eating soup in August, but whatever.  It was so hearty and packed with flavor.


Today’s Breakfast:


Sooo good.  I’ve started this new habit of prepping oven potatoes right when I wake up. I slice a few potatoes, toss them in salt and olive oil, and bake it for 45 minutes at 375 – just enough time for me to make my coffee, finish waking up, get Henry out of bed, and get dressed.  The potatoes come out of the oven perfectly soft and, although they aren’t as tasty as the Husband’s stovetop hashbrowns (I still owe you this recipe), they don’t involve as much oversight.


The Husband made the rest of our meal – eggs with spinach, strawberries, and stir-fried veggies.


I’m off to hit the trail for a hike!  I hope you have a good one.


Thought of the Day:


“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”

– Donald Trump



  • Cara August 28, 2014, 10:05 am

    Love the dinosaur with breakfast, haha! LOVE that quote, awesome!

  • Rachel August 28, 2014, 10:13 am

    As I sit here shoving a bowl of Kashi cereal in my face, I’m insanely jealous of your delicious looking breakfast :'(

  • Emily August 28, 2014, 11:42 am

    The breakfast potato tip is brilliant! I could totally throw together breakfast first thing and have it done by the time I’m dressed and ready. Thank you for the idea!

  • kristin @ W [H] A T C H August 28, 2014, 11:51 am

    great to know about amy’s soup — i’ve seen it in the grocery but never tried it. i do love a grilled cheese and soup.

  • Nicole N. August 28, 2014, 12:17 pm

    I cannot believe I am almost 32 and asking this question but what is your method for cleaning your floors? Like what kind of mop, and do you dry them? Our entire house is hardwood except the tile bathrooms which I just do on my hands and knees but we don’t have many rugs which makes it feel like we have miles of hardwood– and at 8 months pregnant I am not cleaning those on my hands and knees unless nesting urges become relentlessly strong!

    • Caitlin August 28, 2014, 8:18 pm

      Hi there!

      Currently I do the Swiffer pads – a homemade version:

      I vaccum and then I swiffer. I do that every 4 days or so. I alternate the swiffer pads with just a wet water rag (attached to the swiffer). Then about once every three hours, I get down on my hands and knees and do a scrub with vinegar. That is no fun.

      I also have a Shark vac that I like but I don’t use too frequently. I think I need a new pad because mine kind of sticks on our hardwoods and is hard to push around.

      • Nicole N. August 29, 2014, 1:44 pm

        Thanks! I appreciate the help, I feel like my current non method situation is just not doing the trick!

  • Lizzie August 28, 2014, 1:12 pm

    Big fan of your blog, especially for your feminist views, but gahhh please don’t quote Donald Trump. He has a well-documented history of misogyny (not to mention racism and homophobia) and just generally proves over and over to be an all-around garbage human. Carry on! Hope the pregnancy is going well.

    • Caitlin August 28, 2014, 2:06 pm

      Hah. You’re right! I guess I just liked the quote.

  • Charity August 28, 2014, 6:55 pm

    Your floors look great! What kind of wood are they?

    • Caitlin August 28, 2014, 8:16 pm

      Hmm good question. I think they are oak hardwoods?

  • Ashley August 28, 2014, 10:56 pm

    You and the Hub make some seriously awesome breakfasts 🙂

  • Julianna @ Julianna Bananna August 28, 2014, 11:17 pm

    all those eats look delicious! i love potatoes for breakfast 🙂

  • Janeen August 28, 2014, 11:25 pm

    If you microwave the potatoes for about 4 minutes (before you cut them up) they will be done a lot more quickly. I usually can cook them at a little higher heat for 20 or so minutes to get them crisp.

    For an even faster potatoes in the morning, we use leftover baked potatoes, cut, add seasonings and oil, and roast or fry. Super quick.

    • Lyndsey August 30, 2014, 9:58 am

      Agree! Growing up there were always leftover baked potatoes in the fridge. Stir em up with a tiny bit of butter and scallions and top with a fried egg for breakfast or eat them my fav way at night with olive oil, caramelized onions and garlic! So yummy either way!

  • Tricia August 29, 2014, 9:30 am

    I love Amy’s soups. Love. I think I’ll have some today.

  • Abby August 29, 2014, 5:55 pm

    I LOVE the BetterLife Products. I have been transitioning over to their stuff for the past few months. The floor cleaner is great as well as their Multipurpose spray. They also just started selling in Target at a cheaper price then WF. (they have a good produce wash too! )

  • Sarah August 29, 2014, 9:47 pm

    I love that company. Did you know they are based out of St. Louis Missouri? Also they make a great all over cleaner called what ever

  • Kathy August 30, 2014, 10:23 pm

    Someone beat me to it but my head did a swivel on that Donald Trump quote…he’s yucky…you’re not : )

  • Alexandra August 31, 2014, 2:43 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    I’ve been a follower for a long time and usually always just read rather than comment (I’m shy). Where can I purchase vitamins for vegetarians? I recently changed my diet and remember you saying something about the vitamins on your blog. I can’t seem to find a link to the website. Thanks!

    • Caitlin September 1, 2014, 6:46 am 🙂

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