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Did you have a nice weekend? We did!  MomHTP came to visit because the Husband went out of town – together with his sister, Kristien took my mother-in-law on a CRUISE for her 60th birthday!  I hope my kids take me on a cruise for my 60th!  Hah.  I would’ve tagged alone, but it was really a momma-kiddo trip (and Claire is too young to cruise, anyway).  He’s coming back tonight but was gone a total of 5 days – the longest we’ve been separated in about 12 years.  It was weird (especially because we couldn’t chat on the phone), and I really missed him. 


So I enlisted MomHTP’s help this weekend, and we enjoyed a wintery Charlotte version of fun instead.

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Henry had a “Parents Night Out” party to attend at school on Saturday, so mom and I took Claire out to eat.  I didn’t plan things too well – I haven’t been out on a Saturday night in a while and forgot how busy the restaurants get! – so we ended up sitting at the bar with Claire.  Baby in a bar!  She was a hit with the waitresses and actually seemed to enjoy the experience.  Oh, Claire…


I managed to squeeze in an outdoor run on Sunday morning.  I’ve created this awesome pop-rock station on Pandora that’s filled with tons of antsy hits – it’s so fun to run to.

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Look!  I’m wearing a tank top and there’s no snow on the grass.  Wahoo for warmer temps <— hope that creeps up North soon!


A Few of My Favorite Things…


We made these cookies last night. OMG.  RUN RUN RUN to the store and purchase this.  The cookies were so chewy and chocolately.  The first ingredient is sugar, which is obviously why they rock.


I had to freeze the leftovers or else Mom and I would’ve consumed the entire box in a sitting.  While taking this photo, I discovered that the frozen cookies taste pretty damn good, too.  Crap!


Speaking of chocolate (and sugar)…

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The Husband picked up this jar of Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, which is basically a slightly healthier version of Nutella.  It actually has 1/2 the sugar, I think.   However, it’s more cakey than creamy (not necessary a bad thing, the texture just isn’t the same as Nutella).  It’s so delicious.  The Hus is going to strangle us when he comes home and realizes Henry and I ate the whole thing (although I think it’s a fair trade since we couldn’t be in the Caribbean, too!).


On an actually healthier note…


This Tahini Sauce from Trader Joe’s (in the same section as hummus) is a new favorite in our house.  I’ve been making cast iron tofu with brown rice and steamed kale with a huge glob of this Tahini Sauce on top… it’s perfect.


Our tea cabinet is looking a little bare (this is “bare” for us – we like options).


One of my current favorites is Twinings Earl Grey Tea with some creamer and a few drops of Stevia.  I have it every afternoon – it’s the perfect pick-me-up.


<3 <3 <3 Have an awesome week!


This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  Over on Operation Beautiful, I’ve posted a round-up of NEDA’s activities for the week, if you’d like to get involved.



  • Bonnie February 23, 2015, 11:00 am

    The natural nutella substitute isn’t the right texture because of the added palm oils and milk in regular nutella. I bet you could mix a bit of almond milk into it (maybe a bit of melted coconut oil) to make it more creamy.

  • Caitlin February 23, 2015, 11:03 am

    Ha. I saw that photo of Claire in a bar on Instagram. Hilarious.

    Tea options are a must! I have to majorly hold myself back. Are you enjoying that TJ’s coconut green tea? I bought it and was super excited and it tastes like awful grass to me.

    • Caitlin February 23, 2015, 11:04 am

      No it’s gross. I don’t know why we haven’t tossed it!

  • Mary February 23, 2015, 11:25 am

    Your tea cabinet is looking a little like our hot chocolate cabinet. I like to have lots of choice when it comes to hot drinks! 🙂

  • Aerevyn February 23, 2015, 11:26 am

    Baby in a bar! OMG. Thank you!

  • Ash Diamond February 23, 2015, 11:32 am

    Have you tried Twinnings Ginger Bread Green TEa? It is DELICIOUS!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2015, 12:13 pm

      No but that sounds like the bomb.com.

  • Rachel February 23, 2015, 11:45 am

    gosh, I’m glad my husband doesn’t strangle me every time I finish off some groceries! I would be dead a long time ago!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2015, 12:13 pm

      haha he bought it for himself and left me specific instructions not to finish it… IT WAS SO GOOD THOUGH.

  • Hayley February 23, 2015, 12:09 pm

    Love your tea cabinet! The mothers milk brought back great memories of it saving my sanity and milk production 🙂 Hope the BF is still going wonderfully for you!

  • Laura @SheEatsWell February 23, 2015, 12:17 pm

    That jar of Justin’s wouldn’t last three days in my apartment. No way – #chocoholicproblems

  • Elise February 23, 2015, 12:40 pm

    Do you think the Tahini Sauce would be good for dipping raw veggies? I almost got it at TJs this weekend, but I was afraid to commit (because, you know, sauce is such a big commitment, lol!).

    I have an entire cabinet in my apartment dedicated to tea, too! I always get SO antsy when I’m running low on any of my favorites.

    • Caitlin February 23, 2015, 12:54 pm

      omg yessss!

      • Ali February 24, 2015, 9:37 am

        It’s also good in a salad dressing to make the regular oil & vinegar standard a bit creamier. Just mix it all together in a jar and give it a shake.

  • Mazino February 23, 2015, 1:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. What a healthy living blog you have here!

  • Pam February 23, 2015, 1:57 pm

    That is so sweet of the Husband and his sister <3

    You should get a tea box to store your tea in. My aunt gave my mom one for Christmas and it's a beautiful way to store all those tea packets!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2015, 2:00 pm

      I have one! But the Celestial Seasonings tea, which I love for Herbal, aren’t individually wrapped 🙁 Good for the environment but no good for tea boxes!

  • Sara February 23, 2015, 3:34 pm

    A coworker and I have been trying different teas and we go downstairs (to our cafeteria) for hot water every afternoon and make tea and come back to our desks. Something fun (and zero cal) to look forward to!

  • Alex @ True Femme February 23, 2015, 4:28 pm

    Oh gosh Henry and Claire are just so precious! I think it’s totally fair you and Henry ate the whole jar of Justin’s since you couldn’t go on the cruise. 🙂 I am now so obsessed with Trader Joe’s liquid stevia. I keep one bottle at home and one in my purse (not joking). I love it! And now I want some Earl Grey 🙂

  • Kristy B. February 23, 2015, 4:34 pm

    Once my husband and I were sitting at the bar in a very busy restaurant, and a guy my husband had some classes with in college came in with his wife and baby. While we were talking to them, three seats opened up at the bar, and he popped open this little seat thing that strapped to the bar stool and the baby, and they set up shop right there. I immediately decided I would get one of those when I had a baby and also decided they were “cool” parents. Haha!

  • michelle February 23, 2015, 5:08 pm

    I love tea too and the more varieties on hand the better!

  • Katie sB February 23, 2015, 6:42 pm

    I’ve tried that gluten free cookie brand. It’s delicious. They also have pre-made refrigerated cookie dough if you want to look for that. Thank you for supporting Eating Disorder Awareness.

  • Mabel @ Ma Bella Vita February 23, 2015, 9:28 pm

    Hazelnut butter?!?!? gosh I must try that. I am obsessed with almond butter and something tells me I’ll love the Hazel as well.

    Your baby is so adorable!

  • Luv What You Do February 23, 2015, 10:31 pm

    Ha ha! That tea cabinet would be bare for us too : ) The shelf in our pantry is overflowing to other shelves. We have some of the same teas!

  • Emily February 26, 2015, 11:28 pm

    That Justin’s almond butter looks delicious. 😉 And woah, tank top weather is definitely not what describes our weather. We had a balmy January and most of February was great. Then it just turned COLD at the end of February, and it looks like it might continue into march.

  • Michelle February 27, 2015, 11:32 am

    I adore earl grey tea! It’s probably my favourite kind, hands down 🙂

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