Treasure Hunt

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This is my favorite meal lately – it’s awesome for lunch or dinner.  It’s a mix of red kidney beans (drained and rinsed), roasted Brussel sprouts, roasted carrots, and sprouts.  Sometimes I add in sliced cherry tomatoes, too.  Cover it all in a drizzle of BBQ sauce and mix it up. 


I had a great day yesterday because… I woke up an hour before the kids.  This is truly the key to a good day for me.  It gives me time to pull my life together before tiny humans start clawing at me for food and entertainment.  Hah.  I managed to get so much done, in fact, that I had time to pull together this fun activity for Henry:

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We headed to a local greenway with a ‘treasure hunt’ sheet that I printed off my computer.  I used Google Image Search to find pictures of stuff I knew we could locate (a bench, a trashcan, a Y-shaped stick, a dog, a leaf, a flower, a bike) and then we searched. I think we walked 1.5 miles.  Guess who had a great nap after all of this?  Hint – not me, but I wish.

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The treasure hunt eventually devolved into a rock hunt.  The stroller is an excellent holder for lots and lots and lots of rocks, which were eventually thrown into the river.

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Check out what we found at the end of the trail!  A bike service station.  I’ve never seen one of these before.  On one side was a bike pump…

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… And the other side had a bunch of handy tools, like Allen keys and wrenches.  Neat, huh?

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Henry was SOOOOOOO dirty by the end of our walk that I stripped him nekkid in the parking lot and drove him home in his diaper.  And then he went straight to the tub!


I got my sweaty workout on, too.

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It was cardio day.  I’m super excited for the upcoming Publix Savannah Women’s Half and 5K on March 29 – I’m doing the 5K.  (PSSST – If you’re in the area, join me!  Use coupon code HTPSAV10 for $10 off!)  So I figured a 5K on the dreadmill treadmill was a good idea – except I got bored within .25 mile and had to switch to the indoor track.  That’s a LOT of laps!


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  • Deidre March 11, 2015, 7:46 am

    What is Henry’s sleeping/napping like these days? I know that some kids at this age start to give up their naps?

    • Caitlin March 11, 2015, 8:29 am

      Ugh it’s a nightmare that’s what! Hah. I’m doing a parenting Q&A tomorrow and I’ll answer this more fully then! A few people have asked.

  • emma @ be mom strong March 11, 2015, 7:58 am

    So glad the weather is finally getting better (dare i say) to do things like this on the east coast! LOVE me some Annie’s BBQ sauce on absolutely any and everything!

  • Lauren March 11, 2015, 8:08 am

    Hi Caitlin–I have to say that I’ve been reading since 2009 and I just adore your blog. It’s such a bright spot in my day to see your new posts, and I love your attitude! Thank you for writing such a great blog!!

    • Caitlin March 11, 2015, 8:28 am

      Thank you so muchh for reading for so long and for your kind words! Appreciate it a lot.

      • Katie sB March 11, 2015, 2:12 pm

        I’ve been reading since 2009 too. I can’t believe it’s been 6 years!

        • Caitlin March 11, 2015, 2:16 pm

          aww i love you guys!

  • Erica { } March 11, 2015, 8:15 am

    I wish I could make the drive back to Savannah for that race! I just really miss Savannah – such a gorgeous city.

  • Bobbie March 11, 2015, 9:06 am

    that reminds me that yesterday someone posted a picture of a “jogging station” they came across in Mexico while vacationing. They said it had hand towels, water and insect repellent. Pretty cool!

  • eliza March 11, 2015, 9:31 am

    You are SUCH a good mom!! What a fun activity. I am due with my first baby boy in June and cant wait to do things like this

  • Mabel @ Ma Bella Vita March 11, 2015, 9:41 am

    Brussels sprouts is my favorite vegetables! I think I’ll try your recipe for dinner in the near future 🙂

  • Whtiney March 11, 2015, 9:48 am

    I just had to comment. That is my favorite quote! I often get stuck or feel stuck in ruts and find it very hard to make changes. I get too comfortable, I have this hanging at work to remind me it’s okay to try!

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H March 11, 2015, 10:26 am

    oh my gosh, that is also my kind of bbq. never would’ve though to incorporate sprouts!

  • Ellen March 11, 2015, 10:34 am

    Thats a great idea for Henry. I think I need to try that with my son. The weather is finaly clearing up and snow is melting so hopefully we will be outside a whole lot more. Saturday he ran the whole way around our park which is more than 3/4 of mile loop….I was impressed, hes only 2.5. Our walks also usually turn into ” rock/treasure hunts” So much fun!!

  • adie March 11, 2015, 11:03 am

    I don’t bike much these days, but I smile a little every time I pass the bike stations on the Capital Crescent trail when I’m running! I think it’s such a great idea!

  • Julie March 11, 2015, 11:49 am

    My daughter had a little motorized Barbie jeep when she was little (she’s 15 now!), & we finally got rid of it when we moved a year ago. The back end was FULL of rocks! 😛

  • Laura March 11, 2015, 12:59 pm

    I love the scavenger hunt idea!! I would love to hear during your Q and A tomorrow about Claire’s schedule and how you manage her naps/feedings/pumping AND entertaining a toddler while you are out and about! Everything I read said that infants need predictable naps but that seems SO hard when you have a toddler. I was so good about having my infant home for naps when he was little but with #2 coming soon, I don’t know how that is possible. How do you create good sleep habits but not get chained to your house?

    • Caitlin March 11, 2015, 1:05 pm

      Will add this 🙂

  • Julia @ LordStillLovesMe March 11, 2015, 1:34 pm

    I’ve never had red kidney beans, but they look delicious here! Roasted veggies are always SO good. Haha, I love that you found an hour in the morning to spend some time with yourself. I think it is so important for each of us having our “me” time. You are the sweetest mom though, considering you took that hour to do something for your children. It sounded like such a fun activity for Henry, and I am sure he enjoyed it. Hopefully he will be able to remember it when he is older and look back on it fondly.

  • Ashley March 11, 2015, 2:08 pm

    ahhh that treasure hunt idea is so cute! you are too creative 🙂 and mmmm the bbq bowl of food sounds amazing, as well. Def need to try that!

  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries March 11, 2015, 3:58 pm

    I love this toddler treasure hunt idea! How fun! Glad you had an awesome day. Getting that “me time” before the day starts and kids wake up makes such a huge difference!

  • Irene March 11, 2015, 4:39 pm

    Can you add when you started pumping after you had Claire? I know you have an awesome supply and I would like the same when my second is born. Thanks!

    • Caitlin March 12, 2015, 9:35 am

      I didn’t get a chance to do this! I started to pump a week after she was born because we had weight gain concerns and I wanted to be able to see how much she was eating. I don’t think most LCs would recommend that though and I’m not sure if my supply is related to that or just something that naturally occurs.

      • Irene March 12, 2015, 11:38 am

        Thank you! 🙂

  • Jillian March 11, 2015, 6:47 pm

    I don’t comment much but I’ve been reading your blog for years. I just had to say that I love that quote at the end. It really struck a cord with me! 🙂 Thanks for writing.

    • Caitlin March 12, 2015, 9:08 am

      Thank you!

  • Emily March 14, 2015, 7:46 pm

    Ooh.. I love rock collections, especially shiny ones. Henry is getting started earlier as a rock collector/geologist. 😀

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