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Fact: When I stood on the table to get this overhead shot of our pizza, I burnt my arm on the chandelier.  Now I have a huge, fake flame sized burn on my elbow.


Another fact:  My kid thinks nothing of the fact that I stand on the table to photograph pizza.  Hah.


How are you doing?  I’m good!  But super busy.  We are trying to pull ourselves together for a crazy two weeks.  My mom is coming to town, and after a short visit together, the Husband, Henry, and I are leaving on an epic road/air trip while mom stays behind to watch the pets and the house (she’s the best).


We’re hitting up a wedding in Pennsylvania on Saturday, and then I have Operation Beautiful speaking events in New York, Iowa, Maryland, Virginia, and Denver – five events in a week!  The Husband and Henry will be with me some of the time; we’ll be apart some days, too.  But I’m really looking forward to some quality family time, even if we are all just stuck in a car traveling from event to event!


Fuel for a busy day:


I’ve been using BLACK sea salt and – OMG – it’s so good.  Even better than pink Himalayan salt, which was my previous favorite.  If you’re still using plain old white table salt… you really must try one of the colored ones.  They are so much more flavorful.


Let’s see… What else?


I’ve been making an effort to be really good about exercise.  Exercise currently means walking, although I have squeezed in a few swims.  But Henry has been kind of boycotting the stroller (I walk so slowly that it’s super boring for him, I think), so I’ve been limited to late-night strolls… or 1-mile toddler torture sessions.  Hah.

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I read that Little One gained a 0.5 pound in the last week.  Crazy.  No wonder I’m so tired!

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Other things…


I picked up two fun products on my Celestial Seasonings trip.  I’ve been doing tea + face mask + night cream every evening for a week or so now – it’s so relaxing.  Especially when paired with chocolate.  Hah.  I have mixed feelings about a lot of beauty products, but I’m all for pampering and relaxation at this stage in the game.


This Deep Sea Facial Mask is super creamy and gentle.  It contains kaolin clay, which is supposed to stimulate cell regeneration (I’m always dubious of these claims, but I guess my skin looks nicer than usual…).  No animal testing or artificial colors, no parabens, and no SLS.  And a few organic ingredients!  It does say “hypoallergenic,” but it contains a perfume (?).


I really like this Ultimate Night Cream.  The lavender is super soothing, and it leaves my skin feeling really moisturized without being greasy.  I typically use coconut oil to moisture my skin, so that’s a nice change!   It’s organic, too!


Thought of the Day:




  • Sarah October 14, 2014, 10:12 am

    Ohh Maryland! I’m in Maryland! Where would I go to find out more information about your upcoming events? I would love to attend if I can. Thanks!! 🙂

    • Caitlin October 16, 2014, 5:33 am

      Hi there! I’m going to Towson U on the 22nd. It’s open to the public, you just need to get tickets from the University Union box office.

      West Village Commons Ballroom A and B, from 7-9pm.

      Sorry for the delay, I had to check on whether it was public or not!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed October 14, 2014, 10:20 am

    Hope your elbow heels quickly! Those eggs look yummy. I haven’t tried any colored salts, but I do like my sea salt grinder. Great job keeping up with your exercise. I’ve decided to give myself a break from the gym this week since we’re moving this weekend! Any extra time I have should be spent packing and I really don’t want to be sore for the move haha.

  • Nicky October 14, 2014, 10:23 am

    If you don’t use any iodized table salt in your cooking you may want to look into taking an iodine supplement. The US pretty much eliminated iodine deficiency by adding it to table salt. But now Americans are eating more processed foods (which usually doesn’t contain iodized salt) or forgoing table salt in favor of other salt varieties. You may be getting enough through food though – eggs, cheese, and yogurt are all good sources of iodine.

  • Jesse October 14, 2014, 10:30 am

    Oh I’ve never seen Black Sea salt, sounds interesting!


  • Tabitha Wilson October 14, 2014, 10:32 am

    Where in Iowa will you be speaking?! I live in Des Moines and would love to listen to you speak!!

    • Caitlin October 16, 2014, 5:34 am

      Hi there! Sorry for the delay, I had to check on whether it was public or not.

      The event is at Iowa State. The event will be in the Great Hall at the Memorial Union at 7pm!

  • Sara Gail October 14, 2014, 10:53 am

    Black salt sounds amazing! I’m going to have to try that. I just got into using sea salt which I think is delicious… I’m definitely over using plain old regular salt!

  • Stacey October 14, 2014, 10:58 am

    I live in Iowa – Which college are you visiting? I went to UNI but work in Ames, home of ISU. How fun 🙂

    • Caitlin October 16, 2014, 5:34 am

      I’ll be at ISU 🙂

  • carol October 14, 2014, 11:04 am

    I cried when I read your thought of the day post ……so very true . Thank you so much Caitlin. Safe travels to you four – have a great trip !

  • Julie October 14, 2014, 11:11 am

    Where are you speaking in Iowa???

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) October 14, 2014, 11:17 am

    Ah so sorry about your arm! That sounds like something I would do too, haha. I haven’t tried the different kinds of salts, but I am intrigued! I love salt!

  • Traci October 14, 2014, 11:18 am

    I’m looking into that lavender night cream now, thanks!

  • Alexa @ simpleeatsfood.com October 14, 2014, 11:27 am

    I’ve always been curious about different salts…black sea salt sounds delicious and interesting!

  • Abby October 14, 2014, 12:15 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your blog. Your writing is one of the highlights of my day. Thank you!

  • Nneka October 14, 2014, 12:27 pm

    I’m excited to hear that you’ll be in Maryland! Will that presentation be open to the public? Can you share the details?

  • Aimee @ Aim for Healthy Bites October 14, 2014, 1:42 pm

    “My kid thinks nothing of the fact that I stand on the table to photograph pizza. Hah.” – Yes, this exactly. Ha! Hope your elbow gets better. Safe travels!

  • lynne October 14, 2014, 2:19 pm

    Wow, you are really driving and covering that much ground in one week? We just got back from our vacation in Colorado and it takes us 2.5 days to get there from NJ driving 12 hours per day. Coming home it takes 3 full days because we lose two hours from MST to EST. We do it with two dogs and one cat, but you are brave to take on that much car time with a toddler, not to mention you will need frequent potty breaks. 😉

  • Amanda @ Living on Grace October 14, 2014, 2:30 pm

    Jeffrey Steingarten wrote an article called “Salt Chic” for Vogue. They tested different salts, and found that designer salts don’t actually have any different taste at all. The only real difference is the texture.

    • Caitlin October 14, 2014, 4:00 pm

      Really?! Did that include pink v. black v. white? Or the specific brands?

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork October 14, 2014, 2:31 pm

    Haha! Your first sentence immediately made me think, “I wonder what Henry thinks when his mom gets on the kitchen table,” which you promptly answered. 🙂
    I’ve been looking for a “clean” night cream. I’ll have to check that one out!

  • beth October 14, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Hi, I used to use straight up coconut oil for my face and my facialist (is that a word?) told me while that is fine for the body the molecules in the oil are too large for it to be absorbed into the skin of the face. Basically it just sits on top or rubs off. I dunno…I thought that was interesting. Just sharing that for what reason, I do not know. haha!

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt October 14, 2014, 8:01 pm

    I am totally envious of Henry’s Sponge Bob plate. I’m assuming that it’s his and not yours anyway… 😉

    The Grass Skirt
    The Mini Skirt

  • Inez @ Pancake Saturday October 15, 2014, 9:35 am

    I’ll definitely need to look for that face mask! I’m making the switch to healthier, cruelty free products and haven’t picked up a new face mask in forever. Bubble baths just don’t seem complete without one.

  • Anna October 15, 2014, 12:37 pm

    Where and when is your event in Denver? I would love to go!

    • Caitlin October 15, 2014, 1:34 pm

      It’s at Colorado State but it isn’t open to the public 🙁

  • Eva @ All Books Considered October 15, 2014, 1:21 pm

    this salt is AMAZING — http://www.saltworks.us/salish-alder-wood-smoked-sea-salt.html#.VD6qUCJ4rYg — we use it on everything

    have a great trip!!

  • katie October 15, 2014, 2:21 pm

    Wow-lots of readers in Iowa! I’m also in Iowa & curious where you’ll be speaking 🙂

  • Juliet October 15, 2014, 2:24 pm

    Have you given any thought to double strollers?? I’m going nuts with researc for when number 2 arrives in january. I want a jogger but also one that’s easy for errands. Iau need 2

    • Caitlin October 16, 2014, 5:29 am

      I have not 🙂 I have no idea which one I want!

  • Sara October 16, 2014, 10:42 am

    Where/when in Virginia? Is it open to the public? Thanks!

    • Caitlin October 16, 2014, 11:07 am

      U of Richmond on Thursday! Let me know if you want more deets!

  • Gloria October 16, 2014, 11:28 pm

    Hey Caitlin, where will you be in New York? I think that’s the only one that someone didn’t already ask about 🙂

    • Caitlin October 19, 2014, 12:34 pm

      Syracuse event got canceled at Fhe last moment! But I should be back in the spring.

  • Colleen October 17, 2014, 11:28 am

    Have a great limited time in Ames Iowa. You will LOVE ISU!! The campus is amazing especially now with fall colors….speaking from an alum perspective of course.

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