I bet you were hoping for a baby photo. So was I!  Hah.  Will you be satisfied with a breakfast photo?


Yeah… Me neither.


Regardless, we are having a fabulous Friday over here. I love how quiet the day after Thanksgiving is!  We’ve been lounging around, eating our weight in Rice Krispy Treats, and going for walks.

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The sad thing about not hosting Thanksgiving on Thursday (we did it at my Dad’s on Monday) is that we have no delicious leftovers.  Boo.


Here’s one thing that we did NOT do this Black Friday – go crazy shopping.  We are not big Black Friday people (I think I’ve done it once?), and all of our Christmas shopping is done already, anyway.  I did make a pit stop into Target this afternoon because  I needed to return some clothes (I’ll admit – I was slightly terrified to walk in and totally relieved to see the crowds had dissipated). 


My one purchase on Black Friday?  These awesome lacing beads for kiddos – I’ve been looking for something like this for Henry, and for $3, I couldn’t say no (they were in the $ bin section). 


We spent the afternoon making necklaces for the dogs!




While my one Black Friday purchase was fun, you know what’s even better?  Small Business Saturday. <3 <3 <3 As a small business owner, I cannot say thank you enough to the people who choose to support our business throughout the year and especially during the holiday season. 


Need gift ideas for Small Business Saturday?


Give gift card for a massage or haircut at a small business salon.

Buy a gift card for a locally-owned restaurant.

Buy a child’s gift at a small toy store, even if it costs a bit more than it does online.

Hit up the farmer’s market for a ton of unique gift ideas, like handcrafted soaps, local honey, and more.

Hire a local cleaning service and tip the maid herself extremely well.

Gift a grandparent a session with a local photographer for a family picture.

Buy beautiful jewelry or another handmade gift from a designer on Etsy.


On that note, my blog friend Jasmine (who owns a small jewelry business) is offering you all 20% any purchase on her website —> use the coupon code HTP20.  Jasmine is an awesome woman with a compelling story behind her business, and if you’re planning on purchasing some pretty jewels this season, consider her wares!


Just for Fun…


I thought I’d round out this post with the “Four Survey” that’s been going around the blog world.  These are so fun to read!


Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  1. CJ (my initials)
  2. Mommy
  3. Katie
  4. CaitlinHTP

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Cashier at a Publix supermarket
  2. Bartender
  3. Project planner at an urban planning company
  4. Sexual assault peer educator

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

  1. All the Thomas the Train movies
  2. The Girl Next Door
  3. Elf
  4. Titanic

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale
  2. Beloved
  3. Little Bee
  4. NutureShock

Four places I’ve lived

  1. Miami, Florida
  2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  3. Orlando, Florida
  4. Charlotte, NC

Four places I’ve visited:

  1. Prague, Czech Republic
  2. Napa Valley, California
  3. London, England
  4. Augsburg, Germany

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. In the hospital holding my second child, which was delivered after a seamlessly, painless, and relatively fast labor.  Hah!
  2. A tropical island with a giant pina colada in my hand
  3. Getting a massage
  4. In my bed

Four things I prefer not to eat:

  1. Spinach that is kind of going off (EWW – the smell!!!)
  2. Meat
  3. Nut butter on oatmeal
  4. Vegetables, but I do anyway.

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Yogurt
  2. Watermelon
  3. Mashed potatoes
  4. Wine

Four TV shows I watch:

  1. The Walking Dead
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. Parenthood
  4. Homeland

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  1. Spring weather
  2. Adjusting to life with two children
  3. Doing triathlons in the summer
  4. Maybe going on a cruise?

Four things I’m always saying:

  1. Maggie, stop barking.
  2. Is that a good choice or a bad choice?
  3. Do you want a tea?
  4. I’m sleepy.

Four people I tag to answer these questions:

  1. You
  2. You
  3. You
  4. and You!  Smile


  • Rachel November 28, 2014, 7:14 pm

    The pictures of the dogs with their necklaces on made me LOL! Too cute 🙂
    Sending you labor inducing vibes from AZ!

  • Katie November 28, 2014, 8:02 pm

    A friend used this site to clear up any confusion, so in case you need any assistance dealing with inquiries, let this site do it for you:

    Hope little one arrives safely, soundly, and painlessly! You’ve got this 🙂

    • Caitlin November 28, 2014, 8:18 pm

      Hahah I love it.

  • Aja November 28, 2014, 8:20 pm

    Black Friday shopping is a no for me, but I love how quiet it is outside of the stores. Those dogs are so cute with their necklaces!

  • Kathy November 28, 2014, 10:12 pm

    Those necklaces are hysterical…the dogs look like they don’t know which end is up!

    4 jobs:
    butcher shop (lasted a week and then became a vegetarian)
    muffin shop (gained 10 lbs)
    aerobics instructor
    grocery cashier

    4 books:
    Alias Grace
    Let’s Pretend this Never Happened
    Calvin and Hobbes Anthology

    4 places I’ve lived:
    Lahr, Germany
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Toronto, Ontario
    Sioux Lookout, Ontario

    4places I’ve visited:
    Duluth, Minnesota (seriously)

    4 foods I won’t eat:
    raisins (bloated houseflies)

    4 tv shows I watch:
    can all the Real Housewives count as 1?
    The Good Wife
    60 Minutes
    Downton Abbey

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul November 28, 2014, 10:16 pm

    Happy Black Friday! I hope the baby comes soon! 🙂

  • Sophie @ Sophie Speaking November 29, 2014, 3:07 am

    Haha does wine count as food?! One of your 5 a day cos of the grapes?! 🙂

    LOVE the dog necklaces – Maggie looks so cute! You’re lucky that they’re so accommodating – my dog would never let me do that!

  • Rebecca November 29, 2014, 10:16 am

    I did go Black Thursday shopping. I haven’t done that ever before, but my mom wanted to get my sister something that had sold out online so we went to the store. We stood in line for about 20 minutes, which wasn’t terrible. It looked worse than it was! And then we went to another two stores and got my sister pretty much covered. Lol. Also my mom got new boots, and that section of the store was the WORST. Twenty dollar boots, so of course people were all over them. And it wasn’t the best set up either–the tables were super close together so you bumped into people a lot. But it’s not that big of an area to begin with, and at least nobody panicked and trampled anyone else.
    We were out for about two hours and it was not necessarily the worst thing, but I probably won’t do it again for a while.
    I had to work at noon on Friday and didn’t do any shopping ahead of time, but sales continued until 3pm yesterday at our mall so there were still quite a few people out while I hung out with Santa Claus. 🙂

  • Jade November 29, 2014, 11:55 pm

    Your dogs wearing their necklaces is beyond adorable!
    Want to wish you an easy delivery! Second baby is always faster than the first!

  • Becky November 30, 2014, 12:15 am

    I didn’t think anyone else had read Beloved! I love that book, it’s so good!

  • Melissa November 30, 2014, 11:13 am

    The smell of spinach going off is the WORST. Gagging just thinking about it.

    Best wishes for a smooth delivery and happy, healthy baby 🙂

  • Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel November 30, 2014, 12:43 pm

    I LOVE potatoes with chickpeas so much! The combination with broccoli is great. It’s finny when you eat a certain way and you realize you are not the only one 🙂

  • Jessica November 30, 2014, 3:05 pm

    Breakfast looks great! Is that rice in the eggs?

  • Catherine @ foodiecology November 30, 2014, 3:48 pm

    I’ve never done Black Friday (we do get our Christmas tree at Lowe’s on that day, but I don’t really count that). After working retail for a few years and dealing with both the opening AND closing shifts, I’ll never shop on Black Friday. Too stressful for this home body.
    Love the dog pictures. I’m usually saying “Iggy, stop barking” too (he’s a piebald that looks very similar to Maggie).
    Best of luck, and may your labor be much easier than mine was! 🙂

  • Monica December 1, 2014, 4:18 pm

    I’m not sure I’ve seen anything cuter/funnier than your dogs in those necklaces. That actually made me laugh out loud.

    I did that survey a week or so ago! So fun!

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork December 2, 2014, 1:35 pm

    When were you in Pittsburgh? I’ve heard Prague is wonderful. That’s definitely on my shortlist for international destinations (after visiting friends in the Netherlands and family in Ireland!).
    Huge WD and GOT fan. At least you got to wait until the mid-season finale of WD before going into labor!

  • Bethany December 2, 2014, 5:10 pm

    Cute dog 🙂

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