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Happy Tuesday!  How are you doing?  I feel busy – but good.  It’s always hard to pull things together after a fun weekend, right?  Monday was rammed, but I’m hoping that my late night efforts put some breathing room in our schedule today.

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It’s so nice here!  I know some of you are still experiencing winter, but spring has sprung here in the South.  Thank goodness – this Miami girl had just reached her maximum intake of winter weather. 


And this weiner dog is pretty pumped, too.

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Speaking of the pups, I used the Furminator on James yesterday.  That’s how I know it’s really spring – when James starts shedding his winter coat all over the house.


This was Round 1 of furminating.  I usually do twice or three rounds before it’s all off.  And trust me – you MUST furminate outside.  This tool is absolutely essential if you have a dog that sheds and actually want a semi-tidy house.


And last… but not least… a delicious bowl of soup and a crunchy salad.


I somehow pulled myself together long enough to make Nicole’s Super Soup.  Now I have my lunches planned for, oh, three or four days?  Love this soup.


It smells so good when cooking, too!


Okay – one more random spring-related side note.  I am trying to expand my shoe repertoire lately, i.e. not wearing my gray Chucks all the time (not that Chucks aren’t worthy of being frequently worn…).  I got rid of almost all my shoes a few weeks ago because everything was outdated, worn out, uncomfortable, or I just wasn’t wearing it.  So I’m building my shoe collection from the ground up (which is pretty fun).  Anyway, I really want a pair of wedges for warm weather…  I like these shoes a lot but WAY outside of my price point.  Or maybe something with a little more platform in the front?  Any suggestions?  Please go shopping for me!  Heh.


Off to a swim/bike double workout.  Wahooooooooooooooooo!



  • Eri March 24, 2015, 7:59 am

    Cute shoes! I’m also in desperate pair for a comfortable new spring/summer pair. The only thing I have right now is a pair of flip flops (not unusual for a FL girl) but I’d like something a tad bit classier.

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 24, 2015, 8:24 am

    I’ve got a couple pairs of TOMS wedges that I really like! http://www.toms.com/women/womens-shoes/wedges

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 24, 2015, 8:33 am

    so it snowed here in Chicago yesterday… haha what I wouldn’t give for some real spring weather!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 24, 2015, 8:42 am

    I love those shoes! Do you guys have DSW by you? It’s an amazing shoe store with some pretty reasonable options. I also love the clearance section! I’m going to be shoe shopping next fall because some of my boots are looking pretty rough. But my summer collection is pretty strong… although I may need to add some wedges now haha.

    I’m so jealous of your weather, although the 40s and 50s feel pretty springy here in PA!

  • haley March 24, 2015, 8:44 am
  • Lauren @ sassy molassy March 24, 2015, 8:49 am

    I actually found some platform wedges a few years ago at old navy of all places, so it could be worth it to check out gap/old navy in the coming months. Otherwise, it seems that that style is something Aldo brand might have.

  • Danielle March 24, 2015, 8:50 am

    So jealous of your spring weather! We are still in the 30s in New York! Your pictures are getting me excited for it though! I’m going to have to try the furminator! I hate the dreaded shed of the winter coat!

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H March 24, 2015, 9:06 am

    i have also reached my maximum intake of winter. bring on spring!

  • Amanda @ Slimplify Life March 24, 2015, 9:09 am

    Those shoes are too cute! I feel like I can browse shoes online for hours and then still never pull the trigger on them :).

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul March 24, 2015, 10:01 am

    I wonder if I could do this to my cat… his shedding isn’t limited to once a year but he’s very floufy! haha

    • Caitlin March 24, 2015, 11:09 am

      Yes they have furminators for cats!

  • Rachel March 24, 2015, 10:16 am

    Have you checked out the TOMS wedges? They’re very cute and look like they’d be comfy. And you gotta love that they provide a pair of shoes to a child in need 😀

  • Wendy March 24, 2015, 10:21 am


    I have something similar to these open toe wedges in both black and nude and I literally wear them all summer long to work and on weekends! Not too high either.

  • Mary March 24, 2015, 10:22 am
  • Julie March 24, 2015, 11:30 am

    LOVE those shoes! Ordering a Furminator today!

  • DD March 24, 2015, 11:33 am

    Hi Caitlin, can you fix the link to the soup recipe? I would like to make it but the link goes to the furminator. thanks!!

  • Kim March 24, 2015, 11:48 am

    Wow, you got a lot of hair off of James! Does he have a thick undercoat? Does it work on Maggie too? I have a boxer-hound mix and he sheds a TON–keeping my floors clean is a nightmare. But the furminator doesn’t seem to do much when I use it. I think this may be because my dog doesn’t have a thick undercoat. He must just regrow his fur very quickly.

    • Kim March 24, 2015, 11:51 am

      I should add that he sheds a ton during Spring and Fall.

    • Caitlin March 24, 2015, 12:01 pm

      I don’t even bother doing mAggie. She has almost no hair 🙂

  • Karen B. March 24, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Michael Kors has some cute styles that are similar and have more of a platform. Macy’s carries them and they are priced under $200, probably more like $145. If you go on a friends and family store event you can save 25%! They also have great coupons and if you open a charge account the same day you can save an additional 20% off the back end (when you receive your first bill) off of everything you buy and charge at Macy’s that day.

  • Kate March 24, 2015, 12:47 pm

    I am really loving my new wedges from Sofft. They have super comfortable soles, so they’re ideal for looking cute while running around with kids! http://www.sofftshoe.com

  • Courtney! @ Redefining Athlete March 24, 2015, 1:09 pm

    I know what you mean about your shoes. I finally went through an embarrassingly large pile of jeans and cleaned out stuff at least 10+ years old.

    Right now I’m loving Le Tote, it is like Netflix for clothes. Wear the box as much as you want and then send it back for a new box. My co-workers were concerned because I was “dressed up” yesterday. Yikes. If that isn’t a sign a need new clothes 😛 Here’s my shameless referral link: https://letote.com/r/BEE877

  • nancy March 24, 2015, 1:11 pm

    I have never much been into shoes, much to my mother’s and now my daughters’ horror. I just wear what I find comfortable 99% of the time. For way too many years that meant a pair of ancient Top Siders 🙂 But then I discovered Tom’s. I didn’t expect to love them as much as I do. I buy a new pair in the spring and wear them out completely. I walk a lot and they are seriously some of the most comfortable shoes ever. If you haven’t tried them yet I would encourage you to do so. You need to try them on since they are handmade and sizing can vary just a bit. And with every pair you buy a pair is donated to a child in need. Can’t beat that. 🙂

  • Lucia March 24, 2015, 1:16 pm

    I love our Furminator but it’s still quite cold here in NY. Super jealous of your weather! Sounds a bit crazy but check out Crocs wedges, I have a pair of brown leather wedges, they don’t look like traditional Crocs but are very comfortable.

  • Megan March 24, 2015, 2:09 pm

    Super cute shoes! I’ve had my eye on these – much cheaper but similar style! http://www.zappos.com/jessica-simpson-jadyn-natural-zip-burnish

  • yasmara March 24, 2015, 2:59 pm

    I love Born shoes – I have several wedge heel sandals that have stood the test of time (nude, gold, & red). I have my eye on these for summer – I need mostly flats these days: http://www.zappos.com/born-reta-antique-gold-metallic

  • Rachel March 24, 2015, 3:30 pm
  • lynne March 24, 2015, 5:39 pm

    Are your trees truly leafed out? My cousin lives in Charlotte and she said her trees only have buds (non-fruit trees.) I still have snow on the ground!

    Platform shoes are an accident waiting to happen, especially those with such a high heel! Ugh! Don’t get those (not to mention the price!).

  • Jenj March 24, 2015, 9:02 pm

    Shoe shopping is my favorite! Those wedges look upper cute but also don’t look like they support the balls of your feet much so may be uncomfortable (and very$$). I love the “Italian shoemaker” brand, which is cute and comfortable, as well as Aerosoles (they have some cuter styles!). Outlets are the way to go for shoes shopping, especially discount high end stores like Nordstrom Rack.

  • Kathy March 24, 2015, 10:17 pm

    I like Call It Spring for these kind of shoes. A lot of their stuff is non-leather so very inexpensive but even the leather stuff isn’t too pricey so you can get a fun pair of shoes you might only have for a season or two and not worry about it. Here’s the link to the wedge pagehttp://www.callitspring.com/eng/storeSection/redirect.cfm?page=1&sectionID=b2c/search/productSearchResultsnexTopia.cfm&ckey=CA&keywords=wedge&res_per_page=100&pagePerForm=Y

  • Bobbie March 25, 2015, 10:11 am

    TOMS has a lot of great wedges this year and their shoes are generally pretty comfortable. I have their fabric wedges in red and black and wear them often. There is an open toe bootie that I plan on ordering asap. Plus the idea of buy one/give one makes spending the money a lot more appealing.
    Here is the pair I’m loving right now.
    They are a little pricey but hey, someone else will get a pair of shoes too. Can’t beat that!

  • Carrie March 25, 2015, 12:02 pm

    Check out Antelope shoes – crazy cute!

  • Hilary March 25, 2015, 12:46 pm

    Sorry I didn’t read thru all the comments so maybe this has been mentioned but have you tried Clothes Mentor or Snooty Fox for new shoes? I’ve been getting some great, name brand shoes from CM lately for <$15!! I don't care at all that they're not brand spankin' new. These stores only take shoes (& clothes) in good condition so I don't worry about them being all nasty. In fact I just bought a pair of nude wedges last weekend for all of $7. : )

  • Erin M March 25, 2015, 8:05 pm

    Target has THE best wedges. So comfortable, reliable and so affordable. Plus they are adorable. I have 5 pairs of target wedges!

  • Alyssa March 26, 2015, 8:43 am

    TOMS wedges are my fav! I’m a teacher and can be on my feet for 10 hours in them.

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